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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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
They then took her bridle, and led her into a hall where the King was, with his
sons and many other Knights, and he bade her alight if she had any thing to say.
She answered, I will, Sir, on condition that you protect me, and that I shall suffer
He then bade his Squires place her upon a palfrey which was tied to one of the
Elms : when the Dwarf, who was sitting up in the tree, cried out aloud, Come forth,
Knights, come forth ! they are carrying away your mistress' At these words a ...
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
Then that famous Apolidon, seeing his father's grief and the littleness of his
brother, bade him take comfort, for he would accept the books and treasure, and
relinquish the kingdom to his brother. Whereat the father gave him his blessing