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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.
World Book Student
Log into World Book Student through Firefly- Select World Book Student and type in your search Hurricane.
Here you will find useful information about your topic.
Tropical cyclones—intense circular storms that originate over tropical oceans—are called hurricanes in the Caribbean, North Atlantic, and eastern North Pacific regions.
As Hurricane Irma bears down on the East coast, Floridians may be wondering where all the hurricanes come from, and why they all follow a similar course. In fact, Irma, Harvey, and Jose were all born on the other side of the Atlantic, off the coast of Africa, and the Sahara desert may be to blame.
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
Hurricane is the name given to tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic and East Pacific Oceans. In other ocean basins they are known as either Typhoons, Tropical Cyclones, or Cyclones.
Hurricanes form over warm ocean waters. Sometimes they strike land. When a hurricane reaches land, it pushes a wall of ocean water ashore. This wall of water is called a storm surge. Heavy rain and storm surge from a hurricane can cause flooding.