Part of the "Kingfisher Knowledge" series, this book details the catastrophic natural events that have shocked the world since history began. These are events that people have no control over. Discover how rescue teams operate, and how experts try to predict and prevent disaster.
Andew Langley is a widely experienced and highly successful author of a large number of reference books for children. He lives in Bath, England.
1 HALF TITLE; 3 TITLE; 4 IMPRINT; 5 Contents; 6 Foreword; Chapter 1 - THE RESTLESS EARTH; 7 chapter opener; 8-9 Beneath our feet - how earth's crust is broken up into tectonic plates; 10-11 Earthquake - case studies of some of the deadliest quakes in history; 12-13 What is a tsunami?; 14-15 Killer waves; 16-17 Measuring earthquakes - the work of seismologists, from ancient China to modern times; 18 Summary page to conclude Chapter 1/Further information; Chapter 2 - VOLCANOES; 19 chapter opener; 20-21 What is a volcano?; 22-23 Buried alive - the first three dangers from a volcano: ash, poisonous gases and lava flows; 24-25 Exploding volcanoes; 26-27 Volcanic tsunamis - how giant waves can be caused by massive volcanic eruptions; 28-29 Sleeping giants - volcanoes today; 30 Summary page to conclude Chapter 2/Further information; Chapter 3 - STORM AND FLOOD; 31 chapter opener; 32-33 Danger in the air - conditions in the atmosphere which lead to very high winds and storms; 34-35 Tornadoes; 36-37 Typhoons and waterspouts; 38-39 Hurricanes; 40-41 Floods; 42-43 Avalanches and mudslides; 44-45 Defending ourselves; 46 Summary page to conclude Chapter 3/Further information; Chapter 4 - DROUGHT AND DISEASE; 47 chapter opener; 48-49 What causes drought?; 50-51 Wildfires; 52-53 Invisible killers - the many different forms of epidemic diseases; 54-55 The Black Death; 56-57 Fighting drought and disease; 58 Summary page to conclude Chapter 4/Further information; 60-61 Glossary; 62-63 Index; 64 Acknowledgements.