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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... let us go to the Queen. He took with him Ladasin's messenger, and kneeling
before Brisena, said, Lady, this Squire has left Lisuarte safe and well, and I have
left Oriana with your fosterer grumedan; they will soon be here, but I must go 22.
... aud this morning, giving his own arms to his Squires, he girded on the sword
and took the shield, saying, By God, shield, thou makest a bad exchange, in
losing thy master to go with me! He told us, he would carry the arms to Queen
Oriana therefore told her mother they were about to send the Damsel, and
Brisena approving thereof, sent also presents from herself. This being settled, the
Damsel, in company with her brother Durin, and Enil, a nephew of Gandales,
rode to ...
We thought, said she, that he would first accompany his cousin Agrayes here, to
see you and the Queen his aunt; and I bring letters to him from Queen Brisena
and his other friends, which he would be right glad to receive. This she said, that
My Lady, said Corisanda, I thank you for the favour; but my coming is to seek Don
Florestan, and because tidings from all parts reach this court, I will remain here
some time till I hear news of him. Good friend, replied Brisena, that may you do ...