Australia's natural disasters / Richard Whitaker
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- Whitaker, Richard, 1947-, author
- Wahroonga, NSW : Reed New Holland Publishers, 2021
- 264 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), colour maps ; 26 cm.
"On Christmas Eve 1974 Darwin pubs were bursting with festive people joking that ‘cyclones never hit Darwin’. Cyclone Tracy was expected to be another ‘near miss’. But in the early hours of Christmas Day the slow-moving tropical cyclone tore the city apart, with sustained winds of 200 kilometres per hour, and Darwin became another victim of nature. Cyclone Tracy is only one of the many extreme weather events that Australia has been subjected to. Australia’s Natural Disasters tells many stories of the devastation nature has wreaked on our wild country. From the agonies of droughts and floods to the shock occurrence of earthquakes and bushfires, Australia is a country famed as much for its ferocious natural hazards as it is for its rich environment. Freak weather has caused plane crashes and shipwrecks and even been blamed for the disappearance of a prime minister. Australia’s Natural Disasters is a fascinating chronicle of the ferocity of nature and the dramatic effects it has had on this country and its people – from the mid-1800s to the seemingly more frequent extreme-weather events of the 2000s." -- Back cover.
- "Floods, fires, droughts, cyclones, hail, twisters, landslides" -- Front cover.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Also Titled:
- Australia's natural disasters : tales of nature's dramatic impact on this country and its people.
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