The Resource Flood, John Withington

Flood, John Withington

Label
Flood
Title
Flood
Statement of responsibility
John Withington
Title variation
Flood
Title variation remainder
nature and culture
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
From Noah's Biblical deluge to the China floods of 1931 that killed more than 3 million people; and from the broken levees in New Orleans to submerged streets and homes all over Britain, floods have always been an unwelcome companion of humanity. They have many causes: rain, melting ice, storms, tsunamis and the failures of dams and dikes. They have been used as deliberate acts of war causing thousands of casualties and have often been seen as punishments visited by vengeful gods. Flooding kills more people than any other type of natural disaster. This cultural and natural history of floods tells of the deadliest floods the world has seen, while also exploring the role of the deluge in religion, mythology, literature and art. Flood describes how aspects of floods - the power of nature, human drama, altered landscapes - have fascinated artists, novelists and film-makers. It examines the ancient, catastrophic deluge that appears in many religions and cultures, and considers how the flood has become a key icon in world literatures and a favourite component of disaster movies. John Withington also relates how some of the most ambitious structures ever built by humans have been designed to protect us against these merciless encroaching waters, and discusses the increasing danger floods pose in a future beset by the effects of climate change. Filled with illustrations, Flood offers a fascinating overview of our relationship with one of humanity's oldest and deadliest foes
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QPPL
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Withington, John
Dewey number
551.489
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Earth series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Floods
  • Floods
  • Floods in literature
Target audience
adult
Label
Flood, John Withington
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1.Myth -- 2.Reality -- 3.Description: Floods in Literature -- 4.Depiction: Floods in Art and Films -- 5.Defence -- 6.Defeat?
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
190 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781780231969
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly colour)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 16164980
  • 16164980
Label
Flood, John Withington
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1.Myth -- 2.Reality -- 3.Description: Floods in Literature -- 4.Depiction: Floods in Art and Films -- 5.Defence -- 6.Defeat?
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
190 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781780231969
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly colour)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 16164980
  • 16164980

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