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Devastating natural disasters have profoundly shaped human history, leaving us with a respect for the mighty power of the earth — and a humbling view of our future. Paleontologist and geologist Donald R. Prothero tells the harrowing human stories behind these catastrophic events.Prothero describes in gripping detail some of the most important natural disasters in history:? the New Madrid, Missouri, earthquakes of 1811–1812 that caused church bells to ring in Boston? the 2004 Indian Ocean…

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