Dangerous Earth: What We Wish We Knew about Volcanoes, Hurricanes, Climate Change, Earthquakes, and More

Univ. of Chicago. Mar. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9780226541693. $25. NAT HIST
Prager’s (Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime) newest book is an in-depth survey of various natural phenomena. She offers an illuminating look at a range of natural events: hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, rip currents, and landslides. Through the lens of both modern and historical examples, such as Mt. St. Helens, Hurricane Harvey, and recent California wildfires, Prager presents readers with a concise rendering of what scientists know and don’t know about the phenomena. Though dense at times, her analysis is readable and relatable.
VERDICT A skillful example of a user-friendly scientific treatise that should appeal to readers interested in Earth science, especially those seeking solid analyses of various natural phenomena.

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