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By Bruce McFadgen

The Polynesian settlers of recent Zealand arrived to a land at risk of violent geological disruption by way of huge earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. In opposed beaches, Bruce McFadgen has written an authoritative, groundbreaking learn of the results of those catastrophic occasions at the New Zealand coastal panorama and its humans from the time of first Polynesian payment till ecu touch within the eighteenth century. proof from the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, demography, geology, background, vulcanology and Maori oral culture mix to supply a different research. particularly, McFadgen describes how the 'big crunch' of the 15th century, with its elevated tsunami task, was once highly harmful to coastal groups and triggered a challenge that ended in cultural switch and battle. opposed shorelines should be crucial examining for coastal planners, neighborhood specialists, surveyors and engineers, anthropologists, archaeologists - and someone residing inside of three hundred metres of the coastline of latest Zealand.

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