Amadis of Gaul, Volume 2
N. Biggs, 1803
On December 26, 2004, a massive tsunami triggered by an underwater earthquake pummeled the coasts of Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and other countries along the Indian Ocean. With casualties as far away as Africa, the aftermath was overwhelming: ships could be spotted miles inland; cars floated in the ocean; legions of the unidentified dead -- an estimated 225,000 -- were buried in mass graves; relief organizations struggled to reach rural areas and provide adequate aid for survivors.
Shortly after this disaster, researchers from around the world traveled to the region's most devastated areas, observing and documenting the tsunami's impact. The Indian Ocean Tsunami: The Global Response to a Natural Disaster offers the first analysis of the response and recovery effort. Editors Pradyumna P. Karan and S. Subbiah, employing an interdisciplinary approach, have assembled an international team of top geographers, geologists, anthropologists, and political scientists to study the environmental, economic, and political effects of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
The volume includes chapters that address the tsunami's geo-environmental impact on coastal ecosystems and groundwater systems. Other chapters offer sociocultural perspectives on religious power relations in South India and suggest ways to improve government agencies' response systems for natural disasters.
A clear and definitive analysis of the second deadliest natural disaster on record, The Indian Ocean Tsunami will be of interest to environmentalists and political scientists alike, as well as to planners and administrators of disaster-preparedness programs.
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There was a King in Greece married to the sister of the Emperor of
Constantinople, by whom he had two fair sons, especially the elder, named
Apolidon, who in his days had no equal for strength of body and courage of heart.
He having a ...
Then that famous Apolidon, seeing his father's grief and the littleness of his
brother, bade him take comfort, for he would accept the books and treasure, and
relinquish the kingdom to his brother. Whereat the father gave him his blessing
who was Lord of the island, with whom, according to the custom of the place,
Apolidon was to do battle for the preservation of his Lady and himself, and his
company. It ended in such sort that the Giant lay dead on the field, and Apolidon
Then Apolidon made an arch at the entrance of a garden, wherein there were all
kind of trees, and also four rich chambers, but it was so surrounded that none
could enter, except by passing under the arch, over which he placed the Image of
He then placed these words in the copper perron : Knights shall advance here,
each according to his valour; and in the stone perron, he wrote: here none shall
pass except the Knight who exceeds. Apolidon in prowess. And over the door of ...