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
Amadis, albeit he so hated the Enchanter, did not pursue him further, lest he
should lose his mistress, he turned towards her, and alighted and knelt before
her, and kissed her hand, saying, now let God do with me what he will ! I never
... ran at the first five, exclaiming, Ah, traitors to your own misfortune have you laid
hands upon the best man in the world ! ... and striking at another with it, nailed his
leg to the horse, and left the broken lance in them ; then putting hand to sword, ...
... hand, and the sword passing through the bone of the wrist, fell on the leg and
entered in half through. Then Barsinan fell, and Amadis turned upon the throng,
and King Arban so prest them that they who could escape slaughter ran to the 23.
Then the strife being over, he looked at the bloody sword which he held in his
hand. Sword ' quoth he, in a happy day was the Knight born who shall wield you!
and certes you are well employed, for being the best in the world, you belong to ...