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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Sir, quoth the Damsel, Gromadaza, the Giantess of the Boiling Lake, and the fair
Madasima, and Ardan Canileo the Dreadful, who is with them for their defender,
know that you design to come against their country, and as that cannot be ...
ver two such friends; if he be conquered, Ardan Canileo will still hold them
prisoners, and if he will not accept the defiance he shall presently see their heads
cut off before him. Good Damsel, quoth Amadis, if I accept the battle, how shall
I will go, and more joyfully than I expected ; to-morrow Madasima and her
Damsels will be here, and the Knights will put themselves in the King's hands, for
Ardan Canileo would have the battle without delay; but you must give him a safe
The King took the pledges, though against his will, for he thought the combat of
Amadis against Ardan Canileo enough to trouble him, for that enemy was so
dreadful that for four years he had found no Knight hardy enough to do battle
If you keep. your promise, quoth she, and Ardan Canileo be what he always hath
been in arms, you will give her your head for amends; any other amends will be
good for little. That, said Amadis, I shall keep if I can ; but if it could be I should ...