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Chapter 1 - THE RESTLESS EARTH Beneath our feet - how earth's crust is broken up into tectonic plates Earthquake - case studies of some of the deadliest quakes in history What is a tsunami? Killer waves Measuring earthquakes - the work of seismologists, from ancient China to modern times Chapter 2 - VOLCANOES What is a volcano? Buried alive - the first three dangers from a volcano: ash, poisonous gases and lava flows Exploding volcanoes Volcanic tsunamis - how giant waves can be caused by massive volcanic eruptions Sleeping giants - volcanoes today Summary page to conclude Chapter 2/Further information Chapter 3 - STORM AND FLOOD Danger in the air - conditions in the atmosphere which lead to very high winds and storms Tornadoes Typhoons and waterspouts Hurricanes Floods Avalanches and mudslides Defending ourselves Chapter 4 - DROUGHT AND DISEASE What causes drought? Wildfires Invisible killers - the many different forms of epidemic diseases The Black Death Fighting drought and disease Summary page to conclude Chapter 4/Further information Glossary Index Acknowledgements
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Rocks -- Juvenile literature.
Fossils -- Juvenile literature.
Natural disasters -- Juvenile literature.