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 blow made at him just reached his loins with the sword-end, and fell upon
the horse's flank and wounded it, so that the beast rode away more furiously.
Amadis, albeit he so hated the Enchanter, did not pursue him further, lest he
Those who were with the King had fled, and he got from off the palfrey with the
chain about his neck, and caught up a shield and sword from the ground, and
received upon the shield the blow that was meant for his death. The sword
passed a ...
... and corselet, and left the broken spear in him half way of its iron; then drew he
his sword, and smote off the crest and top of his helmet, and the scalp of his head
, for the sword cut so finely that Amadis could scarce feel the blow he gave ; with
The Prince, as soon as his weapon was free, requited him with a blow on the left
shoulder that went through harness and flesh and bone, down to the ribs. The
Duke fell, but hung in the stirrup, and B 5 33 rage, he would have been one of the
Leave that Knight who has reviled you to me: if I do not slay him with the first
lance-thrust, may I never again bear arms or if it be his good fortune that the
spear does not strike right, the first blow with the sword shall do it. There were
many who ...