Earth's Natural Hazards: Understanding Natural Disasters and Catastrophes

Author(s): Ingrid A. Ukstins, David M Best

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2019


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There are numerous recent geological occurrences of life-changing events: earthquakes in Japan and the southwestern Pacific Ocean, the tsunami in South Asia, hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean and typhoons in the Pacific, widespread flooding in the Midwest, as well as wildfires in California to name a few. 

Earth’s Natural Hazards: Understanding Natural Disasters & Catastrophes will help students understand the geologic background of these life-changing events and the dynamic and sometimes interrelated nature, of the Earth’s geologic processes. This book goes beyond the geologic aspect of the disasters and discusses the human impact, climate change, and biological hazards that often result from major life-changing events.

Earth’s Natural Hazards features:

  • a full-color text with photos, graphs, and maps to help illustrate the broad range of natural disasters that are discussed.
  • Questions for Thought at the end of each chapter.
  • several web sites that serve as additional resources.
  • brief lists of selected references and reading material.
  • a discussion of objects from outer space which provides information about hazards that are extraterrestrial.

Instructor's Ancillary Materials
Professors who adopt this text will have access to a separate site with Instructor's Guide, image database, and Test Bank.


Please Note: First two purchase options are 2nd Edition. Second two purchase options are 3rd Edition.

Ch.1  Living with Earth's Natural Hazards
Ch.2  The Dynamic Earth System
Ch.3  Volcanic Eruptions
Ch.4  Earthquakes
Ch. 5 Tsunami: The Utmost in Destruction from the Sea
Ch.6  Unstable Ground: Mass Movements and Subsidence
Ch.7  Threats from Space
Ch.8  Climate and Weather Hazards
Ch.9  Flooding
Ch.10  Coastal Regions and Land Loss
Ch.11  Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons
Ch.12  Wildfires
Ch.13  Epidemics, Pandemics and Infectious Diseases
Ch.14  Human and Natural Interactions on the Environment

Ingrid A. Ukstins

David M Best

David grew up in North Carolina, where he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B. S. in mathematics. He completed his M. S. in geology and then served in the U. S. Navy. After returning to UNC-Chapel Hill to obtain his Ph. D. in geology, he began his teaching career at Northern Arizona University in 1978. During his more than three decades at NAU, he has taught classes in introductory and physical geology, geophysics, statistical methods, and the geology of Arizona. He has also served in various administrative roles, including department chair, and associate dean and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. After returning to the teaching ranks in 2003, he began teaching geologic hazards along with the geocommunications course required of geology majors. Since 1998 he has team-taught a biology and geology field course in the national parks with Syl Allred.

Related ISBN's: 9781792420917, 9781792422201, 9781792461804, 9781792492334

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