ABC-CLIO

Natural Disasters

A Reference Handbook

by David E. Newton

 

In 2005, 1,833 people passed away as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

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June 2019

ABC-CLIO

Pages 340
Volumes 1
Size 6x9
Topics Current Events and Issues/Environment
  Environment/General

This book provides a detailed introduction to natural disasters and the ways in which they have had and continue to have, profound effects on human society.

Natural Disasters: A Reference Handbook surveys the impact of these events on human civilization. The opening chapter provides a general history and background of the major types of natural disasters, including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, severe storms, and forest fires. The information presented in this introduction allows the reader to better understand current issues, problems, and solutions related to natural disasters discussed in subsequent chapters.

The book covers the role of natural disasters in human life from earliest recorded history (and, to some extent, even earlier) to the present day. It provides an extensive variety of resources that encourage readers to learn more about the topics discussed. The book is intended for readers in the late middle school to high school age range, as well as adults who may have a special interest in the subject.

Features

  • Provides readers with a sound background in the science and technology of major natural disasters, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and forest fires
  • Traces the development of human understanding of the causes and nature of such events
  • Discusses the ways in which natural events such as changing weather patterns may interact with human decisions and actions that lead to complex forms of disaster
  • Provides background on the specific contributions of individuals and organizations within the field that have yielded our mature understanding of the nature and impact of natural disaster
  • Suggests a host of practical resources to use in an extended study of the topic
Series Description

Contemporary World Issues


This award-winning series offers comprehensive, one-volume reference handbooks on important topics related to health, education, the environment, and social and ethical issues.

24-hour cable news. Millions of Internet sites. Information overload. How can we sort through the information? Assess the analyses? Trust the sources?

A world of questions demands a library of answers. Contemporary World Issues covers the controversial topics that students, readers, and citizens want to read about, write about, and know more about.

Features

  • Subject coverage spans six main categories:
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environment
  • Gender and Ethnicity
  • Politics, Law, and Government
  • Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Society
  • Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
  • A background and history essay that provides essential context and grounding for further study
  • A balanced summary of ongoing controversies and proposed solutions that show numerous paths for further research on pressing, contemporary questions
  • A forum of authoritative perspective essays by experts, offering a broad spectrum of arguments on the issues
  • Carefully selected annotated documents, tables, and graphs that supports statistical literacy and investigation of primary sources
  • A chronology of events, legislation, and movements that place events in sequence and draw connections between them
  • Annotated lists of print, Web, and multimedia resources that power the next steps for in-depth research
  • Profiles of key players and organizations
  • A glossary of key terms
Author Info

David E. Newton holds a BA in chemistry, an MA in education from the University of Michigan, and an EdD in science education from Harvard University. He is author of more than 400 textbooks, encyclopedias, and other educational materials. He taught mathematics, chemistry, and physical science in Grand Rapids, MI, for 13 years; was professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College in Massachusetts, for 15 years; and was adjunct professor in the College of Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco for 10 years.

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