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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By this the morning broke, and he removed farther across a valley to a hill that
was well wooded, for he feared that if those of the castle saw him they would
suspect there were others at hand, and therefore not come out. Presently the gate
He took his aim at Arcalaus, and bore him right over the crupper ; then turned his
horse and smote at Grumen, so that the point and part of the stave of the spear
came out at his back, and he fell down dead, and the spear broke in him. Then he
Galaor forced it from him, and striking at another with it, nailed his leg to the horse
, and left the broken lance in them ; then putting hand to sword, the others all
came at him, and he defended himself so bravely that every one wondered how
He forced his way to Barsinan and encountered him ; drove his lance through
shield 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 ...
Twelve days together did King Lisuarte continue his court, and, when it broke up,
though many Knights departed to their own lands, it was a wonder how many
remained, and in like manner many Dames and Damsels continued to abide with