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The Science times book of natural disasters
Wade, Nicholas.
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New York : Lyons Press, [2000]

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vii, 194 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
1. Volcanoes -- 2. Earthquakes -- 3. Storms and hurricanes -- 4. Climatic catastrophe -- 5. Disasters from the past -- 6. Doomsday from space.
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A collection of 33 articles, most of which appeared in the science section of The New York Times, offering insight into such phenomena as volcanoes, earthquakes, storms and hurricanes, climatic catastrophe, disasters from the distant past, and possible disasters from space. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Author Notes

Born in Aylesbury, England, Nicholas Wade studies at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge. He has worked at nature and Science and is currently a science reporter for The New York Times. The author of four previous books, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Capricious nature, our nurturer and nemesis, is the heroine of this roundup from the weekly science section of the New York Times. Dividing doom into chapters on volcanoes, earthquakes, cosmic collisions, and so on, Wade aims to show what progress scientists have made in predicting disaster. By telling people when to get out of the way, meteorologists have lowered the death toll from hurricanes; geologists have had a tougher time anticipating when the earth will quake or erupt; and against astronomical intruders, astronomers can give either lots or little warning, depending on the size of the object. One piece here underscores an absolutely unavoidable natural disaster: the bloating of the sun a billion years hence into a red giant that will sterilize the earth if not vaporize it altogether. The hot topic in disasterology, the magnitude of global warming and concomitant rising sea level, occupies its own set of articles, all of which are worthy of reprise in this installment of the Science Times series. --Gilbert Taylor

Table of Contents

William J. BroadSandra BlakesleeSandra BlakesleeWilliam J. BroadMalcom W. BrowneWilliam J. BroadSuzanne PossehlJohn Noble WilfordSandra BlakesleeSandra BlakesleeWilliam J. BroadWilliam J. BroadMalcom W. BrowneWilliam K. StevensWilliam K. StevensWilliam K. StevensWilliam K. StevensWilliam K. StevensWilliam K. StevensWilliam K. StevensWilliam K. StevensWilliam K. StevensWilliam J. BroadMalcolm W. BrowneWalter SullivanWilliam J. BroadWilliam J. BroadJohn Noble WilfordWilliam J. BroadWilliam J. BroadWilliam J. BroadWilliam J. BroadMalcolm W. Browne
Introductionp. 1
1 Volcanoesp. 3
When a Volcano Turns Deadly for Those Studying Its Moodsp. 6
Below Yellowstone, Earth Is on the Boilp. 12
Facing the Peril of Earth's Cauldronsp. 17
Exploring Undersea Birth Throes of a New Hawaiian Islandp. 22
Ice Sheets Seem Unmoved by the Volcanic Eruptions Belowp. 28
El Popo's Rumblings Draw Volcanologists to Edge of Dangerp. 30
U.S. Scientists Get Rare Glimpse of a Russian Volcano "Lab"p. 35
The Gradual Greening of Mount St. Helensp. 39
2 Earthquakesp. 43
Seismologists Debate Los Angeles's Faultsp. 46
Hopes for Predicting Earthquakes, Once So Bright, Are Growing Dimp. 52
Bolivia Shakes, and So Does Theory on Deep Quakesp. 57
Theory of Plate Movement Marks Zones That Breed Frequent Quakesp. 62
3 Storms and Hurricanesp. 69
Radar Peeks at Structure Hidden Inside Tornadop. 71
Historic Hurricane Could Catch Northeast with Its Guard Downp. 76
Fewer Northeasters Pound U.S., but Punch Is More Powerfulp. 81
Storm Warning: Bigger Hurricanes and More of Themp. 84
4 Climatic Catastrophep. 89
Coping with Climate Change; If Climate Changes, Who Is Vulnerable? Panels Offer Some Local Projectionsp. 91
Warmer, Wetter, Sicker: Linking Climate to Healthp. 97
Dead Trees and Shriveling Glaciers as Alaska Meltsp. 103
If Climate Changes, It May Change Quicklyp. 111
Violent Weather Battering Globe Baffles Expertsp. 117
In Ancient Ice Ages, Clues to Climatep. 122
5 Disasters from the Pastp. 129
New Theory Would Reconcile Views on Dinosaurs' Demisep. 132
Many Small Events May Add Up to One Mass Extinctionp. 139
Santorini Volcano Ash, Traced Afar, Gives a Date of 1623 B.C.p. 143
Heavy Volcanic Eras Were Caused by Plumes from the Earth's Corep. 146
Study Finds Asteroid Leveled Siberian Area in 1908p. 153
Collapse of Earliest Known Empire Is Linked to Long, Harsh Droughtp. 155
6 Doomsday from Spacep. 163
Asteroid Defense: "Risk Is Real," Planners Sayp. 166
Scientists Ponder Saving Planet from Earth-Bound Cometp. 174
NASA Photographs an Asteroid Giving Earth a Close Shave, Sort ofp. 180
Meteoroids Hit Atmosphere in Atomic-Size Blastsp. 183
New Look at Apocalypse: Dying Sun Will Boil Seas and Leave Orbiting Cinderp. 189