A river's rise, a crustal fracture, a reduction in soil moisture, an increase in windspeed - all are acts of nature. Floods, earthquakes, droughts or storms are acts percipitated by men. This is one central finding after 15 years of intensive geographical research on natural hazards, their geophysical dimensions, human impact and social response. There are no floods unless there are people, buildings or livestock to be damaged. The responsibility falls on those who use and inhabit the large areas of the earth subject to high recurrent natural hazards, and even more directly on those who plan land use and design habitations. Suggestions are made for development of more flexible technical and social responses to hazards which result in drought, fog, frost, soil creep or expansive soils.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Landscape Architects

    1190 East Broadway
    Louisville, KY  United States  40204
  • Authors:
    • Kates, R W
  • Publication Date: 1975-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 165-168
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00095746
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1975 12:00AM