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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... God quoth he, now and for ever help me in her defence They drew near him,
and he heard Oriana say, Dear friend, I shall never see thee more, for I go to my
death. The tears came into his eyes; he descended the hill as fast as 4.
Then he drew the King's sword, and laid about with such rage and violence, and
felt such strength in himself, that he thought if the whole plain were full of Knights
they could not stand before him. We are succoured 1 quoth the Damsel of ...
... and asked him, how is this 3 IIe replied, I was riding along thinking upon you
know what, when that Knight yonder gave me such a thrust on my shield that the
horse fell upon 1 is knees and threw me. I drew my sword, and called to him to do
The two cousins had now left the Lady's house, and it being now day they saw
Galaor on the eminence, and knowing him by his shield rode towards him. As
they drew nigh they saw him descend the hill as fast as horse could carry him.
Arban drew up his two hundred Knights before the Queen's palace, and sent two
of them to discover the cause of the tumult. They went to the Tower, and saw that
Barsinan had got possession of it, and was killing some and throwing others ...