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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full tilt to his assistance, like men who knew their business, for they had each
been Errant Knights for ten years, and the one was called Ladasin, the sword-
player, and the other Don Guilan the pensive, the good Knight. At this time Galaor
He raised them up, saying, By my God, friends, you have succoured me in . time!
great wrong, Don Guilan, hath your mistress done me in withdrawing you from my
company, and for your sake I lose Ladasin also. Guilan was ashamed at these ...
Still were all the beholders right glad ; but above all Don Guilan, who hoped to
see the Duke slain, for the love he bore to his wife. The Duke was flying, Agrayes
reached the rim of his shield, the sword went in, the Duke threw off the shield
... and skilful surgeons dressed his wound, and said that though it was very deep,
by God's help they could heal it. The Queen then sent Grumedan to bring
Brandalisa to court, and, with her, her niece Aldeva : Thereat was Don Guilan
We will tell you willingly : we were in the company of Don Guilan the Pensive,
who delivered us and twenty other Knights and Damsels from the prison of
Gandinos the ruffian, behaving himself there so valiantly that he hath destroyed