There are many different types of floods, ranging from slowly rising regional floods to dramatic flash floods and coastal floods. Floods have become increasingly hazardous over the last 200 years, as people have been moving onto floodplains and modifying rivers, streams, and entire river systems. Human modifications to rivers and floodplains have resulted in more frequent, stronger, and faster moving floods. Considered the most common natural hazard, floods affect more people and cause more damage than any other hazard including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and tsunamis. Floods examines the processes that control the development and flow in stream and river systems and discusses how and when these processes become hazardous. Examples of flooding and other river disasters are presented throughout this accessible book. The merits of building on, versus preserving, floodplains are discussed, and strategies for preserving the remaining floodplain areas are examined. Black and white photographs and line illustrations, an index, a glossary, sidebars, and tables enhance this rich resource.
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