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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... smote him so roughly, that the spear went through his shield, and, without
piercing his breast-plate, burst his heart within him, and he fell like the fall of a
tower. In God's name, cried Ardian the Dwarf, my Master's deed is better than his
... till they came to a place called the fountain of the Three Elms, for there were
three great and lofty Elm-trees above the fountain. Three fair Damsels and well
apparelled, were by the fountain, and there VOL, i t . p was a Dwarf aloft in the
was a Dwarf aloft in the trees. Florestan went first and saluted them gently, as a
courteous man, and one who had been gently bred. God save you, Sir Knight,
quoth the one ; if you are as brave as you are handsome, God hath gifted you
What? cried he, think you that I would leave you here for fear 2 so help me as I
would have done so only to respect your free will, but you shall see. . He bade
the Squires place her also on her palfrey, and the Dwarf, who sate up aloft, cried
frey, and the Dwarf, who sate up aloft, cried out again for help. Presently there
came another Knight from the valley, and said to Florestan, Don Cavalier, you
have won one Damsel, and, not content with her, you would carry off another; you