Earthquake Storms

The Fascinating History and Volatile Future of the San Andreas Fault
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Author(s): John Dvorak
Genre: Science, History
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Product Number: DD11313
Released: Feb 15, 2014
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ISBN: #9781482995558
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The lives of millions will be changed after it breaks, and yet so few people understand it, or even realize it runs through their backyard. Dvorak reveals the San Andreas Fault's fascinating history-and its volatile future. It is a prominent geological feature that is almost impossible to see unless you know where to look. Hundreds of thousands of people drive across it every day. The San Andreas Fault is everywhere-and primed for a colossal quake. For decades scientists have warned that such a sudden shifting of the earth's crust is inevitable. In fact, it is a geologic necessity. The San Andreas Fault runs almost the entire length of California, from the redwood forest to the east edge of the Salton Sea. Along the way, it passes through two of the largest urban areas of the country-San Francisco and Los Angeles. Dozens of major highways and interstates cross it. Scores of housing developments have been planted over it. The words San Andreas are so familiar today that they have become synonymous with earthquake. Yet few people understand the San Andreas or the network of subsidiary faults it has spawned. Some run through Hollywood, others through Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. The Hayward Fault slices the football stadium at the University of California in half. Even among scientists, few appreciate that the San Andreas Fault is a transient, evolving system that, as seen today, is younger than the Grand Canyon and key to our understanding of earthquakes worldwide.

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Author(s): John Dvorak
Narrator(s): Malcolm Hillgartner
Genre: Science, History
Product Number Z100077404
Released: Feb 15, 2014
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ISBN: #9781482995503
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Author(s): John Dvorak
Genre: History, Science
Product Number EB00198519
Released: Feb 04, 2014
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Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: #9781480447868

Professional reviews

"Malcolm HillgartnerÕs deep, rich voice adds life to DvorakÕs stories, which string together an engaging series of science and history anecdotes that focus on the San Andreas Fault. Hillgartner knows his California place names and conveys the thrill of discovery that provides the dynamic for most of the narrative. His delivery is lively without being overdramatic. The San Andreas Fault is a good lens for learning about the development of earth science. Much of the important work done in the last century has had to do with the San Andreas FaultÕs complex system. However, the title of the book is misleading. The concept of earthquake storms emerges only in the last chapter. F.C. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"

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