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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The King being at table with Agrayes and his cousins, said to them, I trust we
shall have good news of Amadis, for I ... King Cildadan of Ireland, who is a King
renowned in arms, and has married the daughter of King Abies, whom Amadis
who call themselves thine is in their hands, for they are coming against thee on
King Cildadan's side. Howbeit, if thou wilt give thy daughter Oriana to Madasima,
the fair daughter of Famongomadan, to be her damsel and servant, they will not ...
I know wherefore you say thus, replied Landin; you think him the best Knight
living, but, be I what I may, you shall find me in the battle with King Cildadan, and
see what I can do against you. I had rather have you in my service, answered ...
... and when the battle is to be with King Cildadan.— But shall I leave you alone
—I sometimes go alone; but we will first appoint a place to meet at. They
proceeded a little way and saw three tents pitched by a river side, the middle a
rich one, ...
... and he begged the Princess to permit him to take the black horse of
Famongomadan, because it was a strong and handsome horse, and he would
ride him in the battle against King Cildadan. The bodies of the Giants were so
huge, that they ...