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.
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 ...
had gone about half a league, when he asked Gandalin if he had brought the
three pieces of the sword which Briolania had given him, and finding he had not,
bade him return and fetch them. The Dwarf said he would go, for he had nothing
Then he bade the stranger defend himself, and they ran at each other : their
spears flew up in splinters; they came against each other, shield, and helmet; the
horse fell with Amadis, and the horse broke his shoulder; the Knight of the forest
At the gate they found many men and Dames and Damsels, so that it seemed to
be the house of a good man, and among them was a Knight of seventy years,
with a cloak of scarlet skin, who courteously bade him welcome. Sir, quoth Galaor
Sir friend, quoth his host, I would counsel you to forbear the attempt, for as for
what my sons have suffered they brought it on themselves; and then he bade him
good night. The next morning Galaor and his guide departed; they crossed the ...