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p. 11. Planet Earth

in a nutshelllocked

  • Bill McGuire


Earth is the most dynamic planet in our solar system, but the very same geophysical features that make our world so life-giving and life-preserving also make it dangerous. ‘Planet Earth: in a nutshell’ provides a potted biography of the Earth’s 4.6 billion years of history describing the major natural hazards—storms, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and asteroid and comet collisions—that have assaulted our planet. Floods constitute the greatest of all natural hazards—at least 100 million people a year are affected—and this situation is likely to continue given a future of rising sea levels and more extreme precipitation.

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