I am the daughter of Earth and Water
And the nursling of the Sky;
I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores
I change, but I cannot die.
For after the rain with never a strain
The pavilion of Heaven is bare,
And the winds and sunbeams with their convex gleams
Build up the blue dome of air,
I silently laugh at my own cenotaph,
And out of the caverns of rain,
Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the tomb
I arise and unbuild again.(From The Cloud by Percy Bysshe Shelley)
Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the cocks!
You sulphurous and thought-executing fires,
Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Smite flat the thick rotundity o' the world!
Crack nature's moulds, an germens spill at once,
That make ingrateful man!(From William Shakespeare's King Lear)
This book is a collection of review-type chapters that covers the broad research field of large-scale disasters, particularly their prediction, prevention, control, and mitigation. Both natural and manmade disasters are considered. The seed for the project was a meeting organized by the book's editor, the U.S.–Egypt Workshop on Predictive Methodologies for Global Weather-Related Disasters, held in Cairo, Egypt, 13–15 March 2006.