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Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, by David R. Montgomery.
A detailed history of soil, and the disastrous impact that the loss of top-soil can, and has had, on civilizations.

Disaster! The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906, by Dan Kurzman.
This is the compelling story of the great earthquake and fire that devastated San Francisco in 1906, and the epic struggle for a city's survival.

Earthquake Nation: The Cultural Politics of Japanese Seismicity, 1868 - 1930, by Gregory Clancey.
A riveting look at how seismic activity, especially the 1891 Nobi Earthquake, affected Japanese cultural, political, and architectural development and how it altered Japan's relationship with the West.

Eugenics and the Welfare State: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland, edited by Gunnar Broberg and Nils Roll-Hansen.
An academic overview of the history, politics, and science of eugenics programs throughout Scandinavia.

Island in a Storm, by Abby Sallenger.
A Rising Sea, A Vanishing Coast, and a Nineteenth-Century Disaster that Warns of a Warmer World.

Jungle of the Maya, photographs by Douglas Goodell and Jerry Barrack.
This book takes readers on a breath-taking photographic journey through the Selva Maya (Forest of the Maya).

The Maya Tropical Forest: People, Parks, and Ancient Cities, by James D. Nations.
Part travelogue and part natural history guidebook; this book provides important data about the state and future of the Maya Tropical forest and the history and geography of the region.

The Mediterranean in History, Edited by David Abulafia.
Covering over four thousand years of history, this text covers more than just the history of Mediterranean Sea and those that plied its waves, but also the history of the peoples that lives along the periphery of the waters edges.

The Naked Eye: Travels in Search of the Human Species, by Desmond Morris.
Morris has a keen eye for detail and a ready wit that will have you chuckling as you read this fascinating book filled with autobiographical and natural history essays slash travel monologues that chronicle Morris's adventures in observing human behavior around the globe.

Natural Disasters, Cultural Responses: Case Studies Toward a Global Environmental History, edited by Christof Mauch and Christian Pfister.
A collection of thirteen essays that examine how humans have responded to natural disasters, throughout times from a variety of cultures located in such diverse regions as Western Europe and Argentina to the Phillippines and China.

Water in the Middle East, edited by K. David Hambright, F. Jamil Ragep, and Joseph Ginat.
Cooperation and Technological Solutions in the Jordan Valley. Eighteen essays that deal with the political and social significance of water in the Middle East and its role in Middle East conflicts.

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