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Using Books to Study Natural Disasters
Books are the best library resources for comprehensive information. On the Library’s home page, the Library Catalog has records for all books, videos, hard copy magazines and journals, other media, and some (but not all) online books in the library. Most books are allowed to leave the library, with the student ID as library card.
Except for e-books, catalog records indicate that the library owns the item and where it is shelved, but do not include the full text. Click on the Library Catalog. The window opens to a place to type your search term ‘within Keyword’ [menu on the end of the search bar].
Some disaster terms for locating books:
- Disaster resilience
- Climate Change
- Mass Extinction
- Rogue Waves
- Severe weather
- Storm surge
Library Locations for Books on Disasters
Call numbers on disasters
GB -- Disasters in General
GC -- Oceans
KF -- Legal Issues
HV -- Resilience
QB -- Asteroid and Comet Impacts
QC -- Weather and Climate
QE -- Geology (may encompass all of these)
TH -- Building Sites and Hazards
Sample Excellent Books on Natural Disasters
Chesapeake Invader by
Call Number: QE613.5.C48 P6 1999
Publication Date: 1999-11-07
Thirty-five million years ago, a meteorite three miles wide and moving sixty times faster than a bullet slammed into the sea bed near what is now Chesapeake Bay. The impact, more powerful than the combined explosion of every nuclear bomb on Earth, blasted out a crater fifty miles wide and one mile deep. Shock waves radiated through the Earth for thousands of miles, shaking the foundations of the Appalachians, as gigantic waves and winds of white-hot debris transformed the eastern seaboard into a lifeless wasteland. Chesapeake Invader is the story of this cataclysm, told by the man who discovered it happened. Wylie Poag, a senior scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, explains when and why the catastrophe occurred, what destruction it caused, how scientists unearthed evidence of the impact, and how the meteorite's effects are felt even today.
Divine Wind by
Call Number: QC944 .E43 2005
Publication Date: 2005-09-01
In Divine Wind, Kerry Emanuel, one of the world's leading authorities on hurricanes, gives us an engaging account of these awe-inspiring meteorological events, revealing how hurricanes and typhoons have literally altered human history, thwarting military incursions and changing the course of explorations. Offering an account of the physics of the tropical atmosphere, the author explains how such benign climates give rise to the most powerful storms in the world and tells what modern science has learned about them. Interwoven with this scientific account are descriptions of some of the most important hurricanes in history and relevant works of art and literature.We read about the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, by far the worst natural calamity in U.S. history, with a death toll between 8,000 and 12,000. Boasting more than one hundred color illustrations, from ultra-modern Doppler imagery to classic paintings by Winslow Homer, Divine Wind captures the profound effects that hurricanes have had on humanity.
The Power of the Sea by
Call Number: GC28 .P37 2010
Publication Date: 2010-10-26
The Power of the Sea describes our struggle to understand the physics of the sea, so we can use that knowledge to predict when the sea will unleash its fury against us. In a wide-sweeping narrative spanning much of human history, Bruce Parker, former chief scientist of the National Ocean Service, interweaves thrilling and often moving stories of unpredicted natural disaster with an accessible account of scientific discovery. The result is a compelling scientific journey, from ancient man's first crude tide predictions to today's advanced early warning ability based on the Global Ocean Observing System. It is a journey still underway, as we search for ways to predict tsunamis and rogue waves and critical aspects of El Niño and climate change caused by global warming.
Call Number: QE523 .V5 S23 2009
Publication Date: 2009-09-13
Capricious, vibrant, and volatile, Vesuvius has been and remains one of the world's most dangerous volcanoes. In its rage, it has destroyed whole cities and buried thousands alive. In its calm, its ashes have fertilized the soil, providing for the people who have lived in its shadows. For over two millennia, the dynamic presence of this volcano has fascinated scientists, artists, writers, and thinkers, and inspired religious fervor, Roman architecture, and Western literature. Scarth follows Vesuvius across time, examining the volcano's destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 A.D., its eruptions during the Counter-Reformation that were viewed as God's punishment of sinners, and the building of the world's first volcano observatory on Vesuvius in the 1840s. Scarth explores the volcano's current position overlooking a population of more than three million people and the complex attitudes maintained by the residents, at once reverent, protective, and fearful. He also considers the next major eruption of Vesuvius, which experts have indicated could be the most powerful since 1631. The longer Vesuvius remains dormant, the more violent its reawakening will be, and despite scientific advances for predicting when this might occur, more people are vulnerable than ever before.