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Frank H. T. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801478239

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801478239.001.0001

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The Hazardous Planet

The Hazardous Planet

(p.76) Chapter 6 The Hazardous Planet

Frank H. T. Rhodes

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores the natural hazards found on the planet Earth. These hazards range from the inconvenient to the catastrophic, and vary depending on which area of the planet proves conducive to a particular hazard—hazards are regional, borne about by the natural processes that the planet maintains to sustain life. Such a characteristic also makes these hazards paradoxical, in being both threatening and life-sustaining. The chapter thus looks at four broad categories of natural hazards that threaten the human species: weather and water hazards, which are the most widespread and most familiar group of hazards; surface hazards, responding to minor changes and adjustments in the Earth's surface rocks; hazards triggered by the deep-seated movements of the Earth's crust, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes; and extraterrestrial hazards, such as meteorite impacts.

Keywords:   natural hazards, weather hazards, water hazards, surface hazards, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, extraterrestrial hazards

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