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
Turn, Arcalaus, cried Amadis, and see if I be dead as thou hast reported! but he in
fear of death spurred on, and threw his shield from off his neck for speed. The
blow made at him just reached his loins with the sword-end, and fell upon the ...
among them in arms, took up lances and hatchets to defend themselves; but he
bidding them not fear, besought them to give him some barley for his horse. The
which they did, and he gave the beast his supper. They would have given him ...
Holy Mary exclaimed the Queen; I always feared this and she fell down in a
swoon. Arban left her to the care of her Ladies, all making loud lamentation, and
armed *himself. As he was mounting, he heard a great cry that the Tower was
But the Queen seeing him, wept aloud with great pity : Ah, good nephew, God
defend thee! what will become of the King 2 and what will become of us Of him,
quoth Arban, we shall have good news ; for ourselves, fear nothing from these ...