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Natural Hazards: Earth's Processes as Hazards, Disasters and Catastrophes (2nd Edition) [Paperback]

Edward A. Keller , Robert H. Blodgett
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October 8, 2007 0132318644 978-0132318648 2
Ideal for courses on natural hazards or on earthquakes and volcanoes, Natural Hazards uses real-life examples of hazards and disasters to explore how and why they happen—and what we can do to limit their effects. The Third Edition of this text provides fully up-to-date coverage of recent disasters, and significantly revises the visual programk throughout. Included with every copy of this text is access to Hazard City, an online media resource which gives instructors meaningful, easy-to-assign, and easy-to-grade assignments where students investigate virtual disasters in the fictional town of Hazard City.
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Edward A. Keller


Ed Keller is a professor, researcher,  writer, and most importantly, mentor and teacher to undergraduate and graduate students. Currently, Dr. Keller's students are working on earthquake hazards, how waves of sediment move through a river system following disturbance, and geologic controld on habitat to endangered southern steelhead trout. He was born and raised in California (Bachelor’s degree in Geology and Mathematics from California State University at Fresno, Master’s degree in Geology from University of California at Davis), it was while pursuing his Ph.D. in Geology from Purdue University in 1973 that Ed wrote the first edition of Environmental Geology, the text that became the foundation of the environmental geology curriculum. Ed joined the faculty of the University of California Santa Barbara in 1976 and has been there since, serving multiple times as the chair of both the Environmental Studies and Hydrologic Science programs. In that time he has been the author on over 100 articles, including seminal works on fluvial processes and tectonic geomorphology. Ed’s academic honors include the Don J. Easterbrook Distinguished Scientist Award, Geological Society of America (2004), Quatercentenary Fellowship from Cambridge University, England (2000), two Outstanding Alumnus Awards from Purdue University (1994, 1996), A Distinguished Alumnus Award from California State University at Fresno (1998), the Outstanding Outreach Award from Southern California Earthquake Center (1999).

    Ed and his wife Valery, who brings clarity to his writing, love walks on the beach at sunset and when the night herons guard moonlight sand at Arrroyo Burro Beach in Santa Barbara.



Robert H. Blodgett


 Bob Blodgett is Professor of Geology at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas, where he teaches natural hazards and disasters, environmental, physical, and historical geology, as well as environmental science, and manages the college’s Edwards Aquifer monitoring well and is physical sciences safety coordinator. Bob has nearly 25 years of teaching experience, including positions on the faculties of Ohio State University and Dickinson College.

            He is a Licensed Professional Geoscientist and worked for six years in the state of Texas Public Drinking Water Program leading a team of scientists evaluating the vulnerability of drinking water to contamination, and for two years at the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology conducting environmental assessments of abandoned mined lands. His research on terrestrial sedimentary processes resulted in published papers on braided streams, ancient soils, and fossil burrows.

            Bob has practical experience planning for and responding to natural hazards. While in the Air Force he served as the disaster preparedness officer for the remote Indian Mountain Air Force Station in Alaska, and for the underground Cheyenne Mountain Command post of the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs.

            He traces his interest in natural hazards back to Alma Petrini, his second grade teacher in Detroit, whose lesson on volcanoes and earthquakes came alive with stories and pictures of her trips to Paricutin and Pompeii, and to lava samples that Gordon Macdonald, then director of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, sent him for his class project. These experiences led to a life-long interest in geology including three degrees, a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an M.S. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Bob and his partner Jeff, who helps him focus on the important things in life, enjoy traveling, exploring new restaurants, and making a home with their dog Mona.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (October 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132318644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132318648
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.1 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle formatting is terrible February 21, 2012
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Just be aware that the printed book is nice and organized breaks up long sections of text with ample diagrams and pictures. Depending on how you size your text and columns in the Kindle app, you could end up reading several pages of text before you get to see the diagram the text may be referring to. This was a deal for me at less than half the price of the printed text, but would not have been worth it at any other price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars natural hazards July 16, 2012
By bv10
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very well written book and an easy read. I find myself reading through it just because it is so informational and especially with all the weather and natural hazards that have been happening around the nation I can apply to my current classes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and interesting. December 11, 2013
By Amy
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Love this book, very informative and interesting. Used it for a college course in natural disasters. Not confusing at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written book! September 11, 2013
By DASRoc5
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Very clearly written with a good chapter review at the end of each chapter. Perfect for the class and could even double for an Environmental Issues class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars text book April 17, 2014
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This is a text book for my Natural Hazards Geology class. It is a very nice text book and I am enjoying the class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good rent absolutely worth it! April 2, 2014
By Brekken
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Book was in great condition no pages missing no writing in the book either. I had trouble trying to find a used one and didn't want to buy a brand new one so renting was my fall back and have never regretted it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! February 5, 2014
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He took a picture and I got exactly what was shown, there was absolutely no surprises whatsoever which I fully support!
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5.0 out of 5 stars if this is a req. for your class im sorry January 28, 2014
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hate it…required for one of my classes, havent even used it yet this semester, waste of money but thats the schools fault, it is the right book and it does what ever the teacher dosent use it for, makes a lovely flat space to put bottles on…smh…
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