Encyclopedia of Disasters: Environmental Catastrophes and Human Tragedies, Volumes 1-2

By Angus M. Gunn

Disasters can strike at any time. From the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius to typhoon Katrina, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes and different average mess ups have triggered great death, human pain, and environmental disaster. The complicated technological and social adjustments of the previous few centuries haven't in basic terms intensified the impression of such average mess ups, yet have extra new brought new purposes to be troubled - airplane crashes, bombings, business injuries, genocides. Calling a few failures common and others man-made downplays the $64000 interrelationship among the development and human activities. Human activities - or inactions - can catapult a average phenomenon right into a lethal disaster. Likewise, nature might be extraordinarily disrupted by way of occasions which are created via humans.

<i>Encyclopedia of DisasterS&Lt;/i> covers over a hundred and eighty of an important mess ups in historical past. prepared chronologically, the encyclopedia comprises entries on these mess ups that experience had the best historic, environmental, and cultural effect: The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, which destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum; the London hearth of 1666, which flattened a lot of London and allowed the rebuilding of the town; the influenza epidemic of 1918, which killed thousands; the 1964 Prince William Sound earthquake in Alaska, which brought on demise and destruction as distant as Hawaii; the worst nuclear energy plant coincidence in Chernobyl, Ukraine, in 1964, that has rendered the encompassing panorama uninhabitable; and the 2004 earthquake that created a tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands in Sumatra. each one access encompasses a record of readings for extra examine, and the encyclopedia is illustrated with quite a few photographs and line illustrations that express the destruction and depression as a result of those disasters.

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Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Five-Volume Set

First utilized in 1980, "biodiversity" usually describes the abundance, style, and genetic structure of local animals and vegetation, and has been associated with politics and environmental know-how. even though the 1986 nationwide discussion board on biodiversity introduced problems with biodiversity to the fore, the inescapable want to know extra in regards to the range of lifestyles on the earth keeps to stay unmet.
In contemporary years, biodiversity has inspired very important medical concerns, foreign agreements, conventions, conservation tasks, political debates, and socio-economic implications. wisdom derived from the research of biodiversity will have an effect on the standard of existence loved sooner or later by way of influencing decision-making techniques and supporting new discoveries.
The technology of biodiversity has develop into the technological know-how of our destiny. Our know-how of the lack of biodiversity has introduced an extended late appreciation of the importance of our loss and a choice to advance the instruments to guard our destiny. The Encyclopedia of Biodiversity brings jointly, for the 1st time, a examine of the scale of variety. It exam of the companies biodiversity presents, and measures to guard it. significant issues of the paintings contain the evolution of biodiversity, platforms for classifying and defining biodiversity, ecological styles and theories of biodiversity, and an review of latest styles and traits in biodiversity.

Key Features

NEW e-updates to this 5-Volume Set on ScienceDirect!

Updates contain 21 totally new articles, 22 up to date articles, with 335 articles in overall! (more) This reference is usually bought as an booklet through ScienceDirect.

* unique Editorial Board headed by way of Simon A. Levin, with many different well known scientists serving as editors
* greater than three hundred separate articles, protecting 20 diversified topic components, from Evolution to Habitats to monetary Issues--all unique contributions commissioned for this work
* Articles via major authors from significant associations of technology round the world
* nearly 1,000 figures and tables supplement the text
* greater than 3,000 thesaurus entries clarify key phrases

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Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Performance and Production (Volume 2)

By Paul Oliver, David Horn, Dave Laing, Peter Wicke

Scanned and OCRed ebook, excessive quality

'I didn't imagine the second one quantity could be pretty much as good because the first. i used to be flawed. So browse, learn it via, or simply use it as a reference - you can find there's consistently extra to profit. it's a significant accomplishment. somebody who cares approximately renowned tune must have this book.' Lawerence Grossberg, Morris Davis Professor of communique stories and Cultural stories, collage of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This moment quantity contains a few 460 entries by means of one hundred thirty members from world wide. Entries variety among 250 and 5000 phrases, and are prepared in 4 elements:

Part I: Performers and appearing;
Part II: Musical creation and Transmission;
Part III: Musical tools;
Part IV: Musical varieties and perform.

Entries contain musical examples, bibliographies, discographies and filmographies. an in depth index can be supplied.

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Cryptozoology A To Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature

By Loren L. Coleman, Jerome Clark

The final quest for the world's so much mysterious creatures
The Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman -- those are the names of the elusive beasts that experience stuck the attention and captured the imaginations of individuals world wide for hundreds of years. lately, stories of those "monsters" were corroborated by way of a rise in sightings, and out of those legends a brand new technology has been born: cryptozoology -- the examine of hidden animals.
Cryptozoology A to Z, the 1st encyclopedia of its type, comprises approximately 2 hundred entries, together with cryptids (the identify given to those strange beasts), new animal reveals, and the explorers and scientists who look for them. Loren Coleman, one of many world's best cryptozoologists, groups up with Jerome Clark, editor and writer of a number of encyclopedias, to supply those definitive descriptions and lots of never-before-published drawings and pictures from eyewitnesses' particular bills. jam-packed with insights into the tools of those scientists, fascinating stories of discovery, and the background and evolution of this box, Cryptozoology A to Z is the main whole reference ever of the most recent zoological technology.

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An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Clematis

With greater than 800 Clematis species and cultivated forms from which to decide on, gardeners and growers were inundated with recommendations. much more problematical for a few has been the absence of a unmarried accomplished reference with which to spot the various cultivars. This new quantity, written by means of exclusive clematis specialists and subsidized by way of the authority of the British Clematis Society, is the 1st photo encyclopedia at the genus to surround the garden-worthy species and hybrids. This long-awaited e-book is separated into sections: the 1st is dedicated to the care and cultivation of clematis, whereas the second one presents an A--Z listing of greater than 550 crops, from the acclaimed large-flowered kinds to the less-familiar shrubby, subshrubby, and herbaceous varieties which are commencing to be to be had. utilizing daily language, the authors supply plant descriptions that come with details on synonyms, beginning, plant behavior and peak, plants, pruning staff, flowering interval, cultural necessities, steered makes use of within the backyard, and hardiness zones. The textual content is observed via greater than 650 awesome colour images, making this encyclopedia an vital reference and consultant.

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Encyclopedia of Multimedia

This moment version presents quick access to special thoughts, matters and know-how tendencies within the box of multimedia applied sciences, platforms, thoughts, and purposes. Over 1,100 heavily-illustrated pages ― together with eighty new entries ― current concise overviews of all points of software program, platforms, internet instruments and that permit video, audio and constructing media to be shared and introduced electronically.

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The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health

This replace to the critically-acclaimed first version offers in 2 volumes comprehensible but special info on psychological problems and stipulations. that includes an easy-to-use structure and written in non-technical language, the Encyclopedia contains entries for all a hundred and fifty problems categorised within the Diagnostic and Statistical guide of psychological issues, textual content revision (DSM-IV-TR). It additionally positive factors entries for prescription, replacement and over the counter medicinal drugs, in addition to a number of the treatments used to regard psychological issues.

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Balloons and Airships: Pocket Encyclopaedia of World Aircraft (Colour)

By Kenneth Munson

It's approximately 2 hundred years on the grounds that guy first left the floor and travelled in the course of the air in a car of his personal layout. His aerial carriage used to be just a frail, paper-covered craft with a burning brazier at its base to supply the new air that raised it from the floor; yet from such humble beginnings stemmed the muse that has given that carried him out to worlds past his own.
After scorching air got here hydrogen because the lifting medium, and after the loose balloon got here the airship, that can be powered and recommended in flight. In eighty well-chosen examples this quantity illustrates centuries of growth in lighter-than-air flight, from the Montgolfier brothers' unique 'cloud in a paper bag' of 1783 to its present-day counterpart flown via sportsmen in lots of components of the world.
In among lie the well-known, the notorious and the just about unknown: nice pioneer names like Lebaudy, Charles and Parseval; the large Zeppelin airships that operated the world's first airline providers in 1910-14 prior to their army brethren, these 'monsters of the crimson twilight', rained terror on London within the First global struggle; the nice Italian polar airships of the 1920's; the balloon bombs introduced by means of Japan opposed to the U.S. in international battle 2; headline-makers just like the Hindenburg and R101; the unsung yet hugely winning blimps of the U.S. army; and plenty of more.
The illustrations are by means of Otto Frello and the ebook is edited by way of Kenneth Munson, writer of the Pocket Encyclopaedia of plane sequence. Balloons and Airships is a part of the Blandford color sequence.

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