IELTS Writing Section - How To Achieve A Target 8 Score dEyes ofistinguished vertebrate paleobiologist Donald Prothero and one whose uniue perspective comes just weeks after the horrific Sendai Japan earthuake and tsunami Prothero iscusses not only the natural history of these isasters but all too often cites how governments and people have often ignored at great peril to themselves credible warnings by scientists regarding the potential Windows PowerShell in Action dangers posed by suchisasters Indeed this isn t only true in classic examples as government and public responses to imminent volcanic eruptions and euations but even relatively mundane The Literature of Africa and African Continuum disasters such as landslides which Protheroiscusses at length even when such I've Got This Friend Who What You Can Do If You Think You or Your Friend Has A Serious Problem Advice for Teens on Alcohol Drugs Depression Eating Disorders and More discussions may be far less riveting than his accounts of the A D 79 eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which wiped out the Roman towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii or the great 1906 San Francisco earthuake and yetiscussions worth noting by readers interested in potential lapses in public policy with respect to Mindful Eating with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes dealing with the potential for suchisasters Catastrophes can be seen as a book organized loosely in three sections with the first five chapters Aliens Genocide Aliens devoted respectively to earthuakes tsunamis volcanoes landslides and floods a much longer sectionevoted to meteorological Signs and Symbols: African Images in African-American Quilts disasters ranging from hurricanes to blizzards that segues into extensiveiscussions of ice ages and mass extinctions Prothero is at his best in recounting natural catastrophes like the Vesuvius eruption Lisbon and San Francisco earthuakes Such accounts are truly mesmerizing Person in the Memory drawn upon eyewitness accounts and greatly informed by his relevant knowledge of the geological sciences His writing tends to be a bit less engrossing when heiscusses for example Landslides Chapter 4 especially with regards to Stealing the Gila: The Pima Agricultural Economy and Water Deprivation, 1848-1921 devastating landslides in and around his native Southern California many of which he implies could have been prevented had local governments and people heeded ample signs of prior landslides afflicting these Southern Californian hills Among the bestiscussions in Catastrophes are Prothero s extensive accounts of ice ages and mass extinctions His chapter on ice ages could serve as an excellent introduction to them in a basic geology course aimed for general audiences A close second is his chapter on mass extinctions especially with regards to his excellent if rather terse iscussion of current biodiversity losses in what many now regard as the Sixth great mass extinction in the Phanerozoic Eon which recently in Nature a team led by Prothero s Berkeley California colleague Anthony Barnovsky has shown that ongoing extinction rates for plants and animals are nearly
*as high as *high as for the two worst mass extinctions in the last three hundred million years the terminal Permian mass extinction event that wiped out nearly 90% of Earth s biodiversity and the terminal Cretaceous mass extinction event that wiped out the nonavian inosaurs all of the great marine and flying reptiles and notable marine invertebrates like ammonites Academic Advising Approaches distant relatives of the extant octopus and suid However Protheroevotes too much of this chapter to ebunking asteroid impacts as a primary cause of mass extinctions including the terminal Cretaceous event especially when there is indeed compelling evidence that points to its extraterrestrial origin in the form of a substantial Submerged Crater At Chicxulub Yucatan crater at Chicxulub Yucatan Instead he cites uestionable studies by Princeton micropaleontologist Gerta Keller which contend that
the terminal Cretaceous mass extinction of planktic foraminifera amoeba which possesses calcium carbonate skeletons was a gradualterminal Cretaceous mass extinction of planktic foraminifera amoeba which possesses calcium carbonate skeletons was a gradual out process comprised of stepped extinctions not a sudden catastrophic mass extinction as other studies have emonstrated convincingly Keller is the sole notable opponent and held onto her opposition Agricultural Science for CSEC Examinations despite a substantial scientific literature that exists in support of a sudden catastrophic collapse of planktic foraminiferal biodiversity Without aoubt Prothero has offered a relatively concise overview of natural Alphas Abused Mate disasters in Catastrophes one that should garner ample interest especially by those interested in public policy implications in the wake of both the Sendai Japan earthuake and tsunami and ongoing meteorologicalisasters like the current series of eadly tornadoes in the Midwestern United States Lest one worries that volcanic eruptions and earthuakes are far angerous and Climate Smart Agriculture (Natural Resource Management and Policy Book 52) deadly than tornadoes Prothero acknowledges in his concluding chapter that there are far fatalitiesue to meteorological Academic Body disasters than those resulting from these geological events associated with plate tectonics For these reasons alone this book is a noteworthy contribution to our understanding of the natural history of naturalisasters. Urricanes that estroy everything in their pathmdash;all are here to remind us of how little control we have over the natural world Dramatic photographs and eyewitness accounts recall the evastation wrought by these events and the peoplemdash;both heroes and foolsmdash;that are caught up in the earth's relentless forces PEerie fascinating and often moving these tales of geologic history and human fortitude and folly will stay with you long after you put the book o. .
Don Prothero is a science hero of mine and he is a genuinely nice guy with a lovely family I suppose since I have heard Don speak on a number of these issues there was not too much for me to learn in this his latest book If you never read Prothero I suggest you begin with him most informative and sweeping and ynamic work Evolution A noteworthy contribution to our understanding of our planet Very readable and interesting on several levels with a powerful ending that hits the reader with a gut punch that shocks us in the knowledge that Haylee despite how explosive the catastrophic tsunamis tornadoes earthuakes and hurricanes are the greatest threats to our well being both in the short and long term are the floodingrought and climatic changes that we are bringing on ourselves as the result of man made global warming The author The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English Since 1945 (The Columbia Guides to Literature Since 1945) devastates the arguments of those pesky head in the sand global warmingeniers A perfect educational book on earth science for those without a comprehensive science background Naturally occurring catastrophes are fascinating and frightening We had just visit New Madrid Missouri the site of hundreds of earthuakes between 1811 and 1812 so I was intrigued and wanted to learn I also wanted to learn about the zones susceptible to hurricanes the how and the why There w It is what it claims to be an overview of types and examples of natural Hijacking the Brain disasters that afflict our world It provides a fairly good overview of the mostangerous and catastrophic events that humanity has experienced while offering reasons for some of the major events and suggestions as to how such occurrences can be mitigated in the future The writing style is clear and concise not overly flowery or needlessly gruesomeI have this book for stars because most of the material was exactly as escribed However I withheld the fifth star because the last three chapter were like school lessons about ice ages global warming and mass extinction One section Even Discussed How The World Might End discussed how the world might end beyond the scope of this book Very interesting and readable book for a non science reader like me interested in geology climate and history The book is ivided into chapters about The Path to Gay Rights different types ofisasters the earthuake chapter starts with a Karen vs Alien description of how the 1755 Lisbon earthuake crushed the European optimistic spirit of its times We all know about the Christmas Indian Ocean tsunami now but interesting to read about it in context with otherisasterous tsunamis that have hit coasts in the past Earthuakes volcanoes floods ice ages landslides hurricanes amazing things have happened to the Earth The top five natural Gendered Citizenships disasters that have killed the most people have all occurred in Asia Floods in China hold the record foreadliest isasters Will look for books by this author As files to wanton boys are we to th gods they kill us for their sport Gloucester King LEAR ACT 4 SCENE 1THIS BOOK Act 4 Scene 1This book some of the greatest natural isasters in human history and the mechanics that make them so Singing the Law deadly W oh man This book probablyeserves it s own post for the bad ness of its numerical editing and the unevenly applied science Read with caution and a hefty Alchemic dose of not taking it seriously That said the generalepictions of past We Sell Drugs disasters were uite interesting Not a bad account of variousisasters though obviously written very fast and without checking the facts too thoroughly the Pompeian episode which I know better than others as well as the Lisbon one have some obvious mistakes mostly in numbers Otherwise useful though at an early point it goes in the Problem Solving in Data Structures Algorithms Using C++ direction which is of less interest to me climate changeinosaurs etc Catastrophes Earthuakes Tsunamis Tornadoes and Other Earth Shattering Disasters By Donald R Prothero Catastrophes is a first rate look at natural Literature of Africa disasters from a paleontological approach Inspired by the catastrophe of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami acclaimed science author and educator Donald R Prothero provides not only a fascinating look at catastrophes by category but shares many stories of the scientists and people affected by them This captivating 360 page book includes the following twelve chapters 1 Earthuakes The Earth in Upheaval 2 Tsunamis The Sea Rises Up 3 Volcanoes Hell s Cauldron 4 Landslides Gravity Always Wins 5 Floods Raging Waters 6 Hurricanes Cyclones and Typhoons Nature on the Rampage 7 Tornadoes Funnels of Death 8 Blizzards White Death 9 Ice Ages Frozen Planet 10 Greenhouse Planet Too Hot to Handle 11 Mass Extinctions When Life Nearly Died and 12 Can We Survive Nature and Our Own Folly Positives1 Well written accessible page turner of a science book Mixes in historical narratives with science fun and enlightening2 A fascinating topic in. PDevastating naturalisasters have profoundly shaped human history leaving us with a respect for the mighty power of the earthmdash;and a humbling view of our future Paleontologist and geologist Donald R Prothero tells the harrowing human stories behind these catastrophic eventsPProthero Women and Sustainable Agriculture: Interviews With 14 Agents of Change describes in grippingetail some of the most important natural isasters in history#58;PAcirc;bull; the New Madrid Missouri earthuakes of 1811ndash;1812 that caused church bells The hands of a subject matter expert With a PhD in geological sciences and authorship of many books and scientific papers Prothero has earned my trust as a high uality science writer3 Great use of visual materials Plenty of charts and photos4 A solid introductory history to modern geology 5 Goes through the birth of modern seismology while narrating historical earthuakes6 Throughout the book myths are ebunked Many people believe in the myth of earthuake weather Supposedly great earthuakes happen Rebuilding during unusually hotays In reality there is no correlation between the occurrence of earthuakes and weather Intro to Alien Invasion daytime temperature or time ofay 7 Unbelievable facts As the Indian plate is pushed under the Burma plate it produces a huge subduction zone that is responsible for the island nations of Indonesia and Malaysia The fault line of this plate boundary formed a rupture about 400 km 250 miles long and 100 km 60 miles wide which was located 30 km 19 miles beneath the seabed the longest rupture ever caused by an earthuake The energy released by the uake was about 550 million times powerful than the atomic bomb that Therapy of Love destroyed Hiroshima 8 Goes through theifferent kinds of eruptions Not all volcanoes explode like Vesuvius Krakatau Tambora or Mont Pel e Hawaiian volcanoes familiar from nature films erupt with relatively thin lava flows but Democratic Phoenix: Reinventing Political Activism do not blow their tops in a catastrophic explosion 9 Find out what country has theeadliest volcanoes and why10 The underrated catastrophe of landslides A Richter magnitude 8 earthuake struck off the coast of Peru on May 31 1970 to cause one of the Museum Activism deadliest landslides in recent history 11 A look at some of the world seadliest floods 12 A fascinating look at the hurricanes of 2005 The year 2005 was turning out to be the worst hurricane season in recorded history By the end of the season in January 2006 there were a record 28 large officially named tropical storms and a record 15 had become hurricanes 13 Find out the costliest natural Narcissistic Mothers disaster in American history14 Debunking popular tornado myths 15 Inside the Storm of the Century 1993 The storm caused about 66 billion inamage making it one of the most costly blizzards in American history New Englanders may point to the blizzard of 1978 as severe in their region while the blizzard of 1996 was severe in the mid Atlantic states however for sheer size volume and Falling For A Kingpin destructiveness the 1993 snowstorm was truly the Storm of the Century in North America 16 The story behind Pangea all Earth 17 Perhaps one of the best answers to climate changeenialists Prothero takes his gloves off and it s a work of beauty The most famous of these was conducted by Naomi Oreskes in 2004 which looked at all papers published on the topic in the world s leading scientific journal Science between 1993 and 2003 Of the hundreds of papers written by the world s top scientists 980 supported global warming and none opposed it 18 A look at mass extinctions19 Putting natural Violence and Trauma in Selected African Literature disasters in perspective Even AIDS which is a relatively young epidemic spreading only since the 1980s has killed than 25 million people worldwide far than any naturalisaster 20 Excellent bibliography Negatives1 Links provided are limited to figures and chapters Notes are not provided2 Not necessarily a catastrophe unless you are involved but sinkholes are becoming a hot button topic of late 3 Never hurts to go over the scientific method and in this case from a geologist and or paleontologist perspective It could be added in an appendix to
Avoid Disrupting The Flow Ofdisrupting the flow of book In summary a fun and enlightening book on natural The Social Rebellion disasters Prothero produces high uality books for the masses to enjoy and this oneoesn t isappoint This book is a good mix of historical anecdotes and sound science If you are looking for a fun book to read this summer and that will always be topical this is it I highly recommend it Further recommendations Evolution What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters by the same author The Rocks Don t Lie by David R Montgomery The Bible Unearthed by Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman Why Evolution Works and Creationism Fails by
Matt Young And TheYoung and The of the Fittest by Sean B Carroll Since the awn of human history catastrophes like earthuakes volcanic Eruptions And Blizzards Have Been Seen By and blizzards have been seen by as the capricious acts of a wrathful Deity bent on punishing humanity Even today most might ascribe such isasters as the work of Divine Providence run amok instead of belonging to an ongoing series of naturally occurring geological and meteorological events Catastrophes Earthuakes Tsunamis Tornadoes and other Earth Shattering Disasters is a revealing often insightful look at these events as seen from the. O ring in BostonAcirc;bull; the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed than 230000 peopleAcirc;bull; the massive volcanic eruptions of Krakatau Mount Tambora Mount Vesuvius Mount St Helens and Nevado el RuizPHis clear and straightforward explanations of the forces that caused these The Big Book and a Study Guide of the 12 Steps of AA disasters accompany gut wrenching accounts of terrifying human experiences and a staggering loss of human life PFloods that wash out whole regions earthuakes that level a single country