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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... dear friend! cried Oriana : none other in the world can save us. The Squire who
had her in his keeping seeing what had passed, cried out, Certes I shall not wait
till those blows come upon my head which shields and helmets cannot resist ...
At this time Galaor had great need of their aid, for his helmet was hacked and
battered, his harness open in many places, and his horse tottering with loss of
blood; yet he felt assured that, if his horse did not fail him, he should bring it to a
By this the two cousins had made an end of their last enemy, and then turning
round they knew the King, to their great wonder, for they knew nothing of what
had happened ; and they took off their helmets, and knelt before him. He raised
At night both parties retired : the Queen then sent for Arban ; he went to her
armed as he was, and wounded in many places, and, when he came before her,
took off his battered helmet. There were five wounds in his face and neck, and his
He then changed his shield and helmet that he might not be known, and bade
Arban throw down the barriers, that the traitors might come freely on, for by God's
help they shall pay dearly for their treason The barriers were thrown down, and ...