Krakatoa

The Day the World Exploded

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Author: Simon Winchester

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141926236

Category: Nature

Page: 448

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Simon Winchester's brilliant chronicle of the destruction of the Indonesian island of Krakatoa in 1883 charts the birth of our modern world. He tells the story of the unrecognized genius who beat Darwin to the discovery of evolution; of Samuel Morse, his code and how rubber allowed the world to talk; of Alfred Wegener, the crack-pot German explorer and father of geology. In breathtaking detail he describes how one island and its inhabitants were blasted out of existence and how colonial society was turned upside-down in a cataclysm whose echoes are still felt to this day.

Krakatau

der Tag, an dem die Welt zerbrach ; 27. August 1883

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Author: Simon Winchester

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442733361

Category:

Page: 367

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The Day the World Exploded

The Earthshaking Catastrophe at Krakatoa

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Author: Simon Winchester

Publisher: Collins

ISBN: 9780061239830

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

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Presents the story of the volcanic eruptions that took place on the island of Krakatoa in 1883, killing thousands of people, destroying the island, and effecting the entire world through the expulsion of smoke and ash in the air.

Welt-Räume

Geschichte, Geographie und Globalisierung seit 1900

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Author: Iris Schröder,Sabine Höhler

Publisher: Campus Verlag

ISBN: 3593377500

Category: Philosophy

Page: 323

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Globalisierung ist kein Gegenwartsphänomen. Die "ganze Welt" hatte bereits um 1900 Konjunktur, als Weltreisen und Weltverkehr den Globus zugänglich und erfahrbar werden ließen. Vor diesem Hintergrund lässt sich die Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts als eine Geschichte räumlicher Wahrnehmung und geographischen Wissens schreiben. Die Herausgeberinnen bieten zunächst einen umfassenden Überblick über unterschiedliche Ansätze einer Geschichte des Raums und der "Globalität ". Die Autorinnen und Autoren zeigen dann an Beispielen, wie die Erde vermessen, erfasst und organisiert wurde; sie tragen damit zu einem historisch fundierten Verständnis gegenwärtiger Weltordnungen bei.

Sara und Seth

Roman

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Author: Esther Hicks

Publisher: Ansata

ISBN: 3641190347

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 232

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Die Bücher über die Abenteuer der kleinen Sara mit der weisen Eule Salomon haben ihren Weg in die Herzen vieler Leser gefunden. Das Geheimnis ihres Erfolgs: So schlicht erzählt wie Kindergeschichten, spiegeln sie doch die ganze vielschichtige Erlebniswelt der menschlichen Seele wider. Das lässt sie gerade für uns Erwachsene so reizvoll und nutzbringen werden – um das »innere Kind« in unserer eigenen Seele zu entdecken und zu heilen. Hier, im zweiten Band, findet Sara einen Freund: den aufgeweckten, rotzfrechen Seth. Er wurde vom Leben nicht gerade verwöhnt, aber er hat das Herz auf dem rechten Fleck. Durch Sara und Salomon findet auch Seth die Freude und das Glück, die unser aller Geburtsrecht sind. Der Weg dorthin ist gepflastert mit überraschenden Erkenntnissen und vielerlei Abenteuern – kurzweiliger, spannender Lesestoff voller Lebensweisheit.

Wenn Frösche vom Himmel fallen

die verrücktesten Naturphänomene

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Author: Rolf Froböse

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9783527326198

Category: Naturereignis - Beispielsammlung

Page: 239

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Searching for green and environmentally friendly polymerization methods by using enzymes? This first handbook on this hot and essential topic contains the whole chain of knowledge of biocatalysis in polymer chemistry in both a comprehensive and compact form. International leading experts cover all important aspects, from enzymatic monomer synthesis to polymer modification and degradation. While the major focus of the book is on enzymatic polymerizations of the polymer classes reported so far, industrial contributions are also included, making this invaluable reading for biochemists and polymer chemists working in academia and industry.

Alberta Formed, Alberta Transformed

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Author: Catherine Anne Cavanaugh,Michael Payne,Donald Grant Wetherell

Publisher: University of Alberta

ISBN: 9781552381946

Category: Alberta

Page: 808

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Alberta is distinctive both for its awe-inspiring natural wonders and its fascinating history, and from the earliest footprints of human settlement to today's dynamic society, Alberta has captivated countless generations who have visited or settled in this remarkable province. To celebrate Alberta's centennial in 2005, this two-volume edition features thirty eminent historians contributing articles spanning an incredible 12,000 years of history encompassing the archaeological foundations, the natural resources, and the social and political development of the province. From the primordial to the present, Alberta Formed--Alberta Transformed is the definitive record of the people, places, and events that have defined our province and made Alberta one of the most vibrant areas of the country--and the world.

The Power of the Sea

Tsunamis, Storm Surges, Rogue Waves, and Our Quest to Predict Disasters

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Author: Bruce Parker

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9780230112247

Category: Science

Page: 304

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The Power of the Sea describes our struggle to understand the physics of the sea, so we can use that knowledge to predict when the sea will unleash its fury against us. In a wide-sweeping narrative spanning much of human history, Bruce Parker, former chief scientist of the National Ocean Service, interweaves thrilling and often moving stories of unpredicted natural disaster with an accessible account of scientific discovery. The result is a compelling scientific journey, from ancient man's first crude tide predictions to today's advanced early warning ability based on the Global Ocean Observing System. It is a journey still underway, as we search for ways to predict tsunamis and rogue waves and critical aspects of El Niño and climate change caused by global warming.

The Next Species

The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man

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Author: Michael Tennesen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451677537

Category: Science

Page: 336

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“Simultaneously sobering and exhilarating, Michael Tennesen’s wide-ranging survey of disasters highlights both life’s fragility and its metamorphosing persistence” (Booklist) and describes what life on earth could look like after the next mass extinction. A growing number of scientists agree we are headed toward a mass extinction, perhaps in as little as 300 years. Already there have been five mass extinctions in the last 600 million years, including the Cretaceous Extinction, during which an asteroid knocked out the dinosaurs. Though these events were initially destructive, they were also prime movers of evolutionary change in nature. And we can see some of the warning signs of another extinction event coming, as our oceans lose both fish and oxygen, and our lands lose both predators and prey. In The Next Species, Michael Tennesen questions what life might be like after it happens. In thoughtful, provocative ways, Tennesen discusses the future of nature and whether humans will make it through the bottleneck of extinction. Could life suddenly get very big as it did before the arrival of humans? Could the conquest of Mars lead to another form of human? Could we upload our minds into a computer and live in a virtual reality? How would we recognize the next humans? Are they with us now? Tennesen delves into the history of the planet and travels to rainforests, canyons, craters, and caves all over the world to explore the potential winners and losers of the next era of evolution. His predictions, based on reports and interviews with top scientists, have vital implications for life on earth today. The Next Species is “an engrossing history of life, the dismal changes wrought by man, and a forecast of life after the sixth mass extinction” (Kirkus Reviews).

The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 17

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Author: Gardner Dozois

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780332653

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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Widely regarded as the essential book for every science-fiction fan, The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 17 continues to uphold its standard of excellence with more than two dozen stories from the previous year. This year's volume includes not just a host of established masters but also many bright, young talents of science fiction. It embraces every aspect of the genre - soft, hard, cyberpunk, cyber noir, anthropological, military and adventure. Plus the usual thorough summations of the year and a recommended reading list.

The Doors of the Sea

Where Was God in the Tsunami?

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Author: David Bentley Hart

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802866867

Category: Religion

Page: 136

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As news reports of the horrific December 2004 tsunami in Asia reached the rest of the world, commentators were quick to seize upon the disaster as proof of either God s power or God s nonexistence, asking over and over, How could a good and loving God if such exists allow such suffering? In The Doors of the Sea David Bentley Hart speaks at once to those skeptical of Christian faith and to those who use their Christian faith to rationalize senseless human suffering. He calls both to recognize in the worst catastrophes not the providential will of God but rather the ongoing struggle between the rebellious powers that enslave the world and the God who loves it wholly.

Victorian Time

Technologies, Standardizations, Catastrophes

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Author: T. Ferguson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137007982

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 219

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Victorian Time examines how literature of the era registers the psychological impact of the onset of a modern, industrialized experience of time as time-saving technologies, such as steam-powered machinery, aimed at making economic life more efficient, signalling the dawn of a new age of accelerated time.

The Great Kantō Earthquake and the Chimera of National Reconstruction in Japan

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Author: J. Charles Schencking

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231535066

Category: History

Page: 400

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In September 1923, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake devastated eastern Japan, killing more than 120,000 people and leaving two million homeless. Using a rich array of source material, J. Charles Schencking tells for the first time the graphic tale of Tokyo's destruction and rebirth. In emotive prose, he documents how the citizens of Tokyo experienced this unprecedented calamity and explores the ways in which it rattled people's deep-seated anxieties about modernity. While explaining how and why the disaster compelled people to reflect on Japanese society, he also examines how reconstruction encouraged the capital's inhabitants to entertain new types of urbanism as they rebuilt their world. Some residents hoped that a grandiose metropolis, reflecting new values, would rise from the ashes of disaster-ravaged Tokyo. Many, however, desired a quick return of the city they once called home. Opportunistic elites advocated innovative state infrastructure to better manage the daily lives of Tokyo residents. Others focused on rejuvenating society—morally, economically, and spiritually—to combat the perceived degeneration of Japan. Schencking explores the inspiration behind these dreams and the extent to which they were realized. He investigates why Japanese citizens from all walks of life responded to overtures for renewal with varying degrees of acceptance, ambivalence, and resistance. His research not only sheds light on Japan's experience with and interpretation of the earthquake but challenges widespread assumptions that disasters unite stricken societies, creating a "blank slate" for radical transformation. National reconstruction in the wake of the Great Kanto Earthquake, Schencking demonstrates, proved to be illusive.

Cook

die Entdeckung eines Entdeckers

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Author: Tony Horwitz

Publisher: mareverlag

ISBN: 9783936384895

Category:

Page: 703

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Als James Cook 1769 zur ersten seiner drei großen Reisen aufbrach, war die Erde gerade einmal zu zwei Dritteln kartiert. Zehn Jahre später hatte Cook nicht nur auf dem Wasserweg die Welt entschleiert, sondern auch umfangreiche kulturelle und wissenschaftliche Studien vorgenommen, die das neuzeitliche Bild der Erde entscheidend prägten. Zwar ist viel über Cooks Leistungen bekannt, doch verstellten die Fakten bisher den ungeschönten Blick auf diese außergewöhnliche Figur. Tony Horwitz lenkt die Aufmerksamkeit des Betrachters nicht nur auf die dunklen Seiten des großen Forschers, sondern auch auf die zum Teil entsetzlichen Konsequenzen, die dessen Entdeckungen für einfache Kulturen nach sich zogen.

Der Atlantik

Biographie eines Ozeans

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Author: Simon Winchester

Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag

ISBN: 3641081637

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 528

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Faszination Atlantik – die große Erzählung über ein Stück ungezähmte Natur Der Atlantik bedeckt ein Fünftel der Erdoberfläche und zieht die Menschen seit Jahrtausenden in seinen Bann. Er steckt voller verblüffender Geschichten und Anekdoten und ist das eigentliche Zentrum unserer westlichen Kultur. Simon Winchesters große, opulente Kultur- und Naturgeschichte des Atlantiks macht die Faszination für diesen »wildesten aller Ozeane« erlebbar. Seit er als Kind im Ozeandampfer zum ersten Mal den Atlantik überquert hat, fühlt sich Bestsellerautor Simon Winchester von dieser riesigen Wassermasse magisch angezogen. Immer wieder führten ihn seine Reisen kreuz und quer über den Atlantik; er recherchierte Fakten, sammelte Geschichten und Anekdoten. In seinem neuen Buch breitet er diese Schätze vor dem Leser aus. Spannend und kenntnisreich erzählt er, wie der Atlantik vor über 190 Millionen Jahren entstand und wie seit Urzeiten die Menschen sich mit diesem wildesten aller Meere messen. Fast scheint es, als hätten sie in jüngster Zeit den Kampf gewonnen – doch Simon Winchester ermahnt uns zu einem respektvollen Umgang mit diesem nach wie vor unberechenbaren Riesen.

Vulkane & Erdbeben

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Author: Ken Rubin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783789184062

Category: Earthquakes

Page: 64

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Wie aus dem unruhigen Erdinneren Erdbeben und Vulkane entstehen. Attraktiv illustriert. Ab 9.

The Polar Times

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Author: August Howard

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Antarctica

Page: N.A

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The Economist

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Economic history

Page: N.A

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