Heritage destruction, natural disasters, and the environment: geological disasters

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Natural events become disasters when they have a significant negative impact on the things that humans value. There is evidence that these natural catastrophes are becoming more common, and the widespread devastation can kill many thousands of people and destroy entire settlements. Natural disasters and longer-term environmental processes present some of the most widespread threats to heritage discussed in this volume. This chapter will focus on geological disasters, such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis, which often cause rapid and catastrophic damage. Cultural heritage encompasses many different things, ranging from objects to landscapes to traditions. These cultural heritage assets are important for many reasons and their destruction can have ramifications that are greater than the loss of individual structures or objects. The impacts of natural processes on heritage sites will be discussed, and past examples of disasters will highlight what has already happened, providing an insight into what may yet occur.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge handbook of heritage destruction
EditorsJosé Antonio González Zarandona, Emma Cunliffe, Melathi Saldin
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781003131069
ISBN (Print)9780367627287, 9780367673727
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge handbooks on museums, galleries and heritage


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