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Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes

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An astonishing transformation over the last 20,000 years has seen our planet changed from a frigid wasteland into the temperate world within which our civilization has grown and thrived. This dynamic episode in our planet's history, right at the close of the Ice Age, saw not only a huge temperature hike but also the Earth's crust bouncing and bending in response to the mel ...more
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Oxford University Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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I bought this book because the author, Bill McGuire, is a well regarded British volcanologist. He writes in his book that because of global warming the melting ice caps will cause heavier rainfall which will then cause both landslides, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Now my dear grandchildren are going to inherit this mess. Made this reader feel extremely frustrated and distressed. A must read for earth science lovers.
Krissy Kocina
Bill McGuire, a Professor of Geohazards at University College London, wrote the 2012 work of nonfiction that is entitled “Waking the Giant: How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes. A detailed description of the interconnectedness of our earth’s systems described how humans affect each of these systems. The book argues the fact that our planet is experiencing a dramatic change over the last 20,000 years; civilization of humans and industrialization is causing our plane ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A well-written, readable book w excellent chapters on volcanoes, earthquakes & tsunamis

I recommend this book to anyone interested in the “real world science” of anthropogenic climate change. After listening and learning from the Audiobook, I am beginning to understand and appreciate how much earth scientists have learned about paleoclimatology. Industrialized nations must agree on plans to mitigate—and/or adapt to—climate change. In the twenty-five or thirty-years, I would hate to see wars foug
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was fascinating. I do think that the blurb rather oversells the connections that McGuire is making (most of the climate change impacts on geophysical disasters he discusses are fairly subtle, at least in the short and medium term), but the book is one of the best and most accessible accounts I've read of what we can learn from paleoclimatology about the consequences of anthropogenic climate change.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
A partly terrifying and entirely fascinating study into the distinct possibility that rapid changes in ice and water levels as well as weather (as currently being experienced under the anthropocene) leading to an increase in volcanic activity and earthquakes. This shows the interconnected nature of earth science and human influence on the planet as well as the much overlooked activity of the Earth's crust which is not located on major plate divisions.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uni-books
Very useful. Holistic viewpoint. Spoiler: the Giant is actually Cthulhu...
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Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it

This was honestly so interesting!! It took me a while to get through, even though it was relatively short but I can't just speed through anything non-fiction. But still, so much of this I found so interesting. (I WAS CONSTANTLY MESSAGING MY FRIENDS WITH DID YOU KNOW FACTS)

Sometimes I felt it was a little convoluted and the ending was a big of a drag (it was basically just a big summary of the whole book and I was like fam I remember flip flip flip) But mostly I really enjoyed it and
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well-written and fascinating in a terrifying sort of way.
Christine Towgood
A bit too technical for me
Chris Clancy
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stalwart! A must for anyone concerned about the climate crisis.
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William J. "Bill" McGuire (born 1954) is Emeritus Professor of Geophysical & Climate Hazards at University College London and is one of Britain's leading volcanologists. His main interests include volcano instability and lateral collapse, the nature and impact of global geophysical events and the effect of climate change on geological hazards.


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