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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full tilt to his assistance, like men who knew their business, for they had each
been Errant Knights for ten years, and the one was called Ladasin, the sword-
player, and the other Don Guilan the pensive, the good Knight. At this time Galaor
Galaor now on foot, for his horse could not move, ran to him to smite off his head ;
but the King called out not to slay him. ... He raised them up, saying, By my God,
friends, you have succoured me in . time! great wrong, Don Guilan, hath your ...
Have we performed our covenant 2 then said Galaor to the three witnesses; they
answered, yes, truly, you have acquitted your promise. In God's name quoth
Gałaor, and now you ... dis and Don Galaor his brother. What! was * Cortando de
Don Galvanes, closely busied with his antagonist, saw nothing of this. ... Ah, God,
cried Galaor aloud, what is Olivas about this while ! better that he had never
borne arms, if he fails at a time like this ' But Galaor knew not what sore agony ...
Galaor was ready as soon as he saw him in the level, and bade him defend
himself: they ran at each other; both lances were broken, both shields pierced,
both Knights deeply wounded. Don Galaor drew his sword: the stranger said to