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“If you are an amateur weather geek, disaster wonk, or budding student of earth sciences, you will want to read this book.”—Seattle Times


In 2011, there were fourteen natural calamities that each destroyed over a billion dollars’ worth of property in the United States alone. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast and major earthquakes struck in Italy, the Philippines, Iran, and Afghanistan. In the first half of 2013, the awful drumbeat continued—a monster supertornado struck Moore, Oklahoma; a powerful earthquake shook Sichuan, China; a cyclone ravaged Queensland, Australia; massive floods inundated Jakarta, Indonesia; and the largest wildfire ever engulfed a large part of Colorado.

Despite these events, we still behave as if natural disasters are outliers. Why else would we continue to build new communities near active volcanoes, on tectonically active faults, on flood plains, and in areas routinely lashed by vicious storms?


A famous historian once observed that “civilization exists by geologic consent, subject to change without notice.” In the pages of this unique book, leading geologist Susan W. Kieffer provides a primer on most types of natural disasters: earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, landslides, hurricanes, cyclones, and tornadoes. By taking us behind the scenes of the underlying geology that causes them, she shows why natural disasters are more common than we realize, and that their impact on us will increase as our growing population crowds us into ever more vulnerable areas.


Kieffer describes how natural disasters result from “changes in state” in a geologic system, much as when water turns to steam. By understanding what causes these changes of state, we can begin to understand the dynamics of natural disasters.


In the book’s concluding chapter, Kieffer outlines how we might better prepare for, and in some cases prevent, future disasters. She also calls for the creation of an organization, something akin to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention but focused on pending natural disasters.

Sobre o Autor

Susan W. Kieffer is a professor emerita of geology at the University of Illinois and a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant. She is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Kieffer hosts a popular blog called Geology in Motion. She lives on Whidbey Island, Washington.

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  • Formato: eBook Kindle
  • Tamanho do arquivo: 7140 KB
  • Número de páginas: 337 páginas
  • ISBN da fonte dos números de páginas: 0393349918
  • Editora: W. W. Norton & Company; Edição: 1 (21 de outubro de 2013)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ASIN: B007Q6XLHK
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Altered States: 19 de novembro de 2014
Por LastRanger - Publicada na Amazon.com
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We live on a restless planet. Every minute of every day, somewhere on Earth there are geological changes going on. Most of these changes are of a minor nature and go unnoticed by humans, but every now and then there's a major change, one that's sure to get our attention. A tsunami in the Indian Ocean threatens coastal communities, a volcano erupts in Iceland wrecking havoc on the environment and disrupting air travel, landslides of rock, mud, snow or ice radically altering the landscape, wiping out whole towns or even cities in an instant. Meteorology and Oceanography can play a hand in disasters with tornadoes, blizzards and hurricanes that do millions of dollars in damage and claim countless lives. To a certain extent humans can learn to live with these dangers by ignoring them or just turning a blind eye to the possibility of their eventual and inevitable reoccurrence. Historically, in spite of the danger, communities have sprung up around "sleeping" volcanos, in major flood plains and coastal locations that are often right at, or many feet below, sea level. Sometimes the rewards for living in these areas are substantial; rich soil for farming, access to maritime resources or other financially rewarding endeavors. But the risks of cataclysmic "acts of God" are always there, so it would behoove us all to know the inner workings of these events. In a layperson friendly way Kieffer takes the reader on a kind of "field trip" around the world and into the past to explain the what, when, why and how of various disasters. Biographies of famous volcanos like Mt St Helens, Pinatubo and Vesuvius will explain how a volcano can suddenly reawaken after decades or even centuries of sleep. Landslides are another life altering event that people tend to forget when years can pass between occurrences and the area in question is just right for human needs. We can also learn to live with earthquakes but how many people know about things like liquefaction of the ground that can happen nearly instantaneously. In "The Dynamics of Disaster" author Susan W Kieffer explains the nature of these events from a geologist point of view. With fast moving, informative text she clearly explains the dynamics of all these disasters and more. But even with our currant level of knowledge, predicting the next earthquake or hurricane can be a daunting task. Small changes at any point of the process can radically alter the outcome (sounds like Chaos Theory to me!). Case in point: the super volcano underneath Yellowstone: is it there or not, when will it happen? And we all know about the weather reports: will it rain or not? Will that hurricane in the eastern Atlantic impact the Gulf States or move up the East Coast or fizzle out? For me The Dynamics of Disaster was an exceptional read, giving us a new outlook on the world around us and the complex inner action of forces beyond our control that can often lead to disaster. Anyone interested in Earth Science and the inner workings of our restless planet should enjoy this book. I had no technical or formatting problems with this Kindle edition.

Last Ranger
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4.0 de 5 estrelas A new way of looking at disasters. 28 de dezembro de 2013
Por Gary Long - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I have been involved in fire, rescue, emergency medical and disaster management for over 50 years, but this book gave me a new way of looking at disasters; as being caused by changes in the state of energy on our planet. The author puts into layman's terms how and why disasters occur. She does so by relating those energy changes in simple, everyday events that we are all familiar with. Then, by taking the reader on"geological field trips," she explains how those changes in energy states cause disasters.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in disaster management or climate change.
5.0 de 5 estrelas Interesting and Important--a page-turner 8 de maio de 2016
Por Dr. Trish - Publicada na Amazon.com
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This is a fantastic book. I've recommended to colleagues at FEMA and am using it as a text for my disaster classes. It really demonstrates how knowledge of the environment should inform policy. It was a page turner for me! Thanks to Dr. Kieffer for writing this important, accessible, and interesting book.
5.0 de 5 estrelas Must read 6 de agosto de 2015
Por tvoyager - Publicada na Amazon.com
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great review of geologic issues that, considering human settlement, produce disaster. Largely, we shouldn't be living on the west coast fault system. Visiting perhaps but not settling.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas For anyone who wants to learn or better understand how the planet we live on works this ... 15 de dezembro de 2014
Por Cathie Walden - Publicada na Amazon.com
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For anyone who wants to learn or better understand how the planet we live on works this is the book.
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