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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... seen an adventure; and then they told them what they had beheld. Who is it
that has taken them 2 quoth Amadis ; for he knew it was Lisuarte by the
description. They answered, the Damsel who led the Knighthere called loudly for
Arcalaus ; and bidding Galaor follow where the King went, he spurred on after
Oriana. By sunset the horse could carry him no farther, and he being greatly
distressed, saw a little to the right of the road a Knight lying dead, and a Squire by
He listened and could hear no sound within, and that pleased him, for he knew
that Arcalaus was not gone forth ; and he rode round, and saw that it had only
one issue. Then he retired among some crags, and, dismounting, stood holding
into his eyes; he descended the hill as fast as he could, and came after them into
a great plain, and then cried, Arcalaus ! traitor it becomes not one like thee to
carry away so excellent a Lady ? Oriana knew the voice, and shook all over ; but
Amadis was after him, when he heard his Lady cry; and looking round, saw that
Arcalaus had mounted again, and was dragging her up by the arm. Amadis soon
came up to them, and lifting up his sword dared not put forth his strength lest he ...