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Encyclopedia of Disasters: Environmental Catastrophes and Human Tragedies

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This encyclopedia is a descriptive, illustrated account of disasters, both natural and human-induced, that have occurred throughout the world at different times over the past two thousand years. They include experiences of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods, extremes of weather, droughts, pandemic illnesses, land subsidence and landslides. Most troubling of all is a newcomer to the world of disasters, the terrorist attack. While terrorists have, from time to time in the past, wrought havoc on human environments, the expanded volume and brutality of their activities over the past thirty years has gone beyond all previous acts of violence. Terrorism is the type of disaster that may become increasingly destructive in the future.

Sometimes disasters are so named if a large number of people are killed. At other times, the criteria is the amount of damage done to homes and other structures. A third identifying characteristic is the long-term consequences of the event. In this encyclopedia, disaster events have been selected on the bases of all three of these characteristics. A calamitous event that occurred at a given point in time is selected if it caused great damage, significant loss of life, and carried important consequences for subsequent years. The majority of the events included are natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions because, for the better part of the past two thousand years, catastrophes of this kind were the costliest and deadliest in human experience. Natural disasters were also, and still are, highly unpredictable, so there are good reasons to study them and so continue the search for answers to their predictability.
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2011 Social Media Directory: The Ultimate Guide to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn Resources
2011 Social Media Directory: The Ultimate Guide to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn Resources

Quick access to today's top Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn resources - on business, entertainment, politics, health, sports, and much more!

  • A single, up-to-the-minute source for all the best new resources on today's top social networks
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Plasma Waves, 2nd Edition (Series in Plasma Physics)
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Extended and revised, Plasma Waves, 2nd Edition provides essential information on basic formulas and categorizes the various  possible types of waves and their interactions. The book includes modern and complete treatments of electron cyclotron emission, collisions, relativistic effects, Landau damping, quasilinear and nonlinear...

Moodle 2 Administration
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Moodle has evolved from an academic project to the world's most popular Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). During this evolution, its complexity has risen dramatically and so have the skills that are required to administer the system.

Moodle 2 Administration is a complete, practical guide for administering Moodle
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Instructor's Manual (0471726478) for Advanced Engineering Mathematics 9th Edition by Erwin Kreyszig
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This Manual contains:

(I) Detailed solutions of the even-numbered problems.

(II) General comments on the purpose of each section and its classroom use, with mathematical and didactic information on teaching practice and pedagogical aspects. Some of the comments refer to whole chapters (and are indicated accordingly).

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The Complete Project Management Office Handbook
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Today's project managers find themselves in the dual roles of technical expert and business leader. As project management has evolved, the need has emerged for an organizational entity to manage complexities and ensure alignment with business interests. A project management office (PMO) coordinates technical and business facets of project...

Lightwave 3D 8 Cartoon Character Creation, Volume 2: Rigging & Animation (Wordware Game and Graphics Library)
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Creating characters is one of the most rewarding aspects of 3D animation.
Seeing a character that started out as a 2D concept drawing come to life
through animation is a real joy.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by animation. While
other kids wanted to be firemen or astronauts, my greatest dream was
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