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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Ah God protect thee, 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 ...
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 ...
... cousin, and he caught the horse for him, 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
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.
... the first so sternly, that the wood of his lance appeared through his back, and
he fell dead; the others smote him with such force that his horse fell upon his
knees, and one of them drove his spear between Galaor's shield and breast-plate