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Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies. Search the Bennies catalogue Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.
Australia's worst disasters by Malcolm Brown
Call Number: 904.994 BRO
Publication Date: 2002
Australia's history has been punctuated by incidents of disaster and tragedy that have shocked us all. Sometimes warning signs were not read (or were ignored); sometimes human error was to blame. These graphic and compelling accounts by veteran journalist Malcolm Brown and other award-winning journalists tell us far more than simply what happened.
Australia's natural disasters by Richard Whitaker
Call Number: 363.340994 WHI
Publication Date: 2006
Tells many stories of the devestation that nature has wreaked on our wild country. From the agonies of droughts and floods to the shocks of earthquakes and bushfires, Australia is a country famed as much for its ferocious natural hazards as for its rich environment.
Natural hazards by David Chapman
Call Number: 363.34 CHA
Publication Date: 1995
In the twentieth century, the disastrous effects of natural hazards have increased, reflecting the substantial growth in world population, the vulnerability of marginal groups, and the mismanagement of the environment. This book provides potential answers to the questions concerning natural disaster preparedness and management.
ABC News segments detailing the approach of cyclone Yasi to the far north Queensland coast. Includes reports from journalists at the scene and meteorological information.
The National Geographic magazine website has excellent photographic representations of recent disasters as well as facts, text and video information. Topics include hurricanes, lightning, wildfires, avalanches, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, tsunamis, and volcanoes.
The Guardian newspaper's pages devoted to natural disasters and extreme weather conditions feature current news reports about the world's earthquakes, floods, fires and other weather events. With commentary on related blogs, videos and links to interactives on volcanoes and earthquakes, and features on the 2006 tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, this is a useful resource for the geography classroom.
The Global Education website provides information about natural disasters around the world: whether caused by climate (e.g. drought, flood, cyclone) and geology (e.g. earthquake, volcano, tidal wave, landslide, tsunami) or human impact on the environment (e.g. pollution, deforestation, desertification, pest infestation).
Extreme Weather and Natural Disasters
Tropical Cyclones are formed over the ocean in the area around the equator, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
Historically, bush fires, floods, earthquakes, landslides and cyclones have caused loss of life and significant damage to property and infrastructure.
Bureau of Meterology
A tropical cyclone is a low-pressure system which develops in the tropics and is sufficiently intense to produce sustained gale force winds of at least 63km/h. If the sustained wind reaches hurricane force of at least 118km/h the system is defined as a severe tropical cyclone. In other parts of the world they are called hurricanes or typhoons.