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This volume explores the topic of natural disasters by presenting varied expert opinions that examine many of the different aspects that surround this issue. The editors investigate topics such as the factors leading to the frequency of natural disasters, controversies surrounding disaster relief efforts, the government's role in natural disaster relief, and the media's coverage of natural disasters. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. Allows the reader to attain the higher-level critical thinking and reading skills that are essential in a culture of diverse and contradictory opinions.