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Tsunami: The World's Greatest Waves

James Goff and Walter Dudley


Tsunamis, the giant waves that periodically engulf coastal areas and even the shores of lakes and rivers, have had a major impact on the world. Not only have they caused countless deaths but also they have changed nations, societies, and cultures from prehistoric to modern times. This book describes the science of tsunamis and the many ways they can be generated, ranging from earthquakes to volcanic eruptions and explosions, landslides, and others. It also explains how the waves travel across oceans at the speed of a jet airplane and how they focus or disperse their incredible energy. It delve ... More

Keywords: tsunami, tragedy, survivors, science, ancient, prehistoric, oral traditions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197546123
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197546123.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Goff, author
Honorary Professor of Tsunami Research, University of New South Wales

Walter Dudley, author
Professor Emeritus of Marine Geology and Oceanography, University of Hawaii at Hilo