Title:Cartographies of Danger: Mapping Hazards in America Author(s): By Mark S. Monmonier Price: $25.00 (Hardcover) Buy it!
With chapters titled "Death Tracks," "Ill Winds," and "Nuclear Nightmares," Mark Monmonier's book is sure to appeal to anyone interested in natural or manmade disasters. But make no mistake -- this book is not just another attempt to profit off of a scary topic. Mark Monmonier is a professor of geography at Syracuse University, and Cartographies of Danger is an in-depth look at the little-known science of hazard-mapping. As Monmonier demonstrates, hazard-mapping is as much art as science; detailed seismic-hazard maps of California, for example, failed to indicate the potential for the disastrous Northridge earthquake of 1994. Cartographies of Danger doesn't restrict itself to natural hazards such as floods, earthquakes, or volcanoes; Monmonier also covers crime, pollution, and radon using the same principles of hazard-mapping. His examples of hazard maps demonstrate the relationships among mapping, scientific understanding of hazards, and the perception of risk. In addition, the book gives practical advice on how to avoid geographic hazards.