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Published: 01 September 2005

296 Pages | 112 color halftones & maps, 90 b/w halftones & maps

8-1/2 x 11 inches

ISBN: 9780195149418

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Divine Wind

The History and Science of Hurricanes

Kerry Emanuel

Kerry Emanuel, one of the world's leading authorities on hurricanes, gives us an engaging account of these awe-inspiring meteorological events, revealing how hurricanes and typhoons have literally altered human history. Offering an account of the physics of the tropical atmosphere, the author explains how benign climates give rise to the most powerful storms in the world and tells what modern science has learned about them. Interwoven with this scientific account are descriptions of some of the most important hurricanes in history and relevant works of art and literature. Boasting more than one hundred color illustrations, from ultra-modern Doppler imagery to classic paintings by Winslow Homer, Divine Wind captures the profound effects that hurricanes have had on humanity.

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