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1 half title 3 title 4 imprint 5 Contents 6 Foreword Chapter 1 - THE RESTLESS EARTH 7 chapter opener 8-9 Beneath our feet - how earth's crust is broken up into tectonic plates 10-11 Earthquake - case studies of some of the deadliest quakes in history 12-13 What is a tsunami? 14-15 Killer waves 16-17 Measuring earthquakes - the work of seismologists, from ancient China to modern times 18 Summary page to conclude Chapter 1/Further information Chapter 2 - VOLCANOES 19 chapter opener 20-21 What is a volcano? 22-23 Buried alive - the first three dangers from a volcano: ash, poisonous gases and lava flows 24-25 Exploding volcanoes 26-27 Volcanic tsunamis - how giant waves can be caused by massive volcanic eruptions 28-29 Sleeping giants - volcanoes today 30 Summary page to conclude Chapter 2/Further information Chapter 3 - STORM AND FLOOD 31 chapter opener 32-33 Danger in the air - conditions in the atmosphere which lead to very high winds and storms 34-35 Tornadoes 36-37 Typhoons and waterspouts 38-39 Hurricanes 40-41 Floods 42-43 Avalanches and mudslides 44-45 Defending ourselves 46 Summary page to conclude Chapter 3/Further information Chapter 4 - DROUGHT AND DISEASE 47 chapter opener 48-49 What causes drought? 50-51 Wildfires 52-53 Invisible killers - the many different forms of epidemic diseases 54-55 The Black Death 56-57 Fighting drought and disease 58 Summary page to conclude Chapter 4/Further information 60-61 Glossary 62-63 Index 64 Acknowledgements
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Natural disasters -- Juvenile literature.