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Covering some 70 percent of Earth's surface, clouds play a key role in our planet's well-being. But how do they form, why are there so many types, and what clues can they give us about the weather and climate to come? Try your hand at classifying clouds and investigating the role they play in severe...
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Published in 2017
The video briefly recounts the eruptive history of Halema'uma'u and describes the formation and continued growth of the current summit vent and lava lake. It features USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists sharing their insights on the summit eruption -- how they monitor the lava lake, how and...
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Published in 2015
Volcanoes are as dangerous as they are majestic. Over 50 eruptions rock our planet every year. This video helps you understand what causes volcanoes to form and erupt -- and shows where they are most likely to be found.
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Published in 2015
El Niño is a series of complex weather patterns that occurs every two to seven years. It causes drastic changes in weather that can lead to billions of dollars in damages, high death tolls, and disease. Find out what causes El Niño, how it can affect you, and why it is so hard to predict it.
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Facts and information about different types of natural phenomena found in the world and universe. Includes weather, geology, space, and other types of phenomena. This site is designed to be an easy-to-use website for students and anyone interested in the subject matter. This site breaks phenomena...
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By UNAVCO
Published in 2017
UNAVCO has a number of hands-on demonstrations to use at informal and formal group events like school visits, museum presentations, science days, or farmers markets. This video shows a demonstration illustrating how scientists use geodesy to measure the inflation and deflation of a volcano, and how...
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Published in 2010
Explore and experience the forces that shape the world around us. Most of the Earth is hot, molten metal and rock. In fact, the inhabitable part makes up less than 1% of the planet's mass.
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View videos on media coverage of volcanological events with significant contributions from Smithsonian staff.
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2016
Lake Maracaibo is the stormiest place on the planet. Thunderstorms rage above this massive body of water for up to 200 days of the year, with each ear-splitting event lasting for several hours. But why? Graeme Anderson lists the factors that create Lake Maracaibo's seemingly everlasting storms.
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Preliminary computer simulation of the landslide that occurred on March 22, 2014 along State Route 530 near Oso, Washington. Credit: David L. George and Richard M. Iverson, US Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory.
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In this lesson, students will use IndianaMap to create geographic information systems (GIS) maps to demonstrate the amount of general seismic risk that exists for urban areas within the state of Indiana. Step-by-step directions and tutorial videos will provide students with the necessary resources...
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When an earthquake strikes, investigate why some buildings survive and others do not. How buildings with different foundations respond to earthquakes. This activity could form part of a lesson about earthquakes and their effects. It could also form part of the preparation for the best way people...
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This activity allows students to construct a small-scale model of liquefaction, a hazard associated with strong-magnitude earthquakes. The sand, water, and ping pong ball(s) represent the composites of soil: sediment, water, and air, respectively. The shaking, representative of seismic waves, will...
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Which type of classroom eruption best hsows how volcanoes erupt? Students will be evaluating different types of classroom eruptions to gauge which best shows how eruptions are triggered.
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Published in 1993
This report illustrates how four different types of landslides (slide, slump, flow, and rock fall) occur and what type of damage may result. The report is intended to help students and others visualize what causes landslides and some of the possible results of the landslides. Students will come to...
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A primer on earthquakes with information ranging from what causes them to their effects.
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NAGT works to foster improvement in the teaching of the Earth sciences at all levels of formal and informal instruction, to emphasize the cultural significance of the Earth sciences and to disseminate knowledge in this field to the general public. We support research-based teaching through...
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Time series photos and information on life reclaiming Mt. St. Helens. You can see how vegetation and streams have been modifying the landscape after its 1980 eruption.
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The Seismology data visualization tool to explore real-time earthquake data as a function of time, magnitude, and depth. This interactive tool displays real-time earthquake data from the USGS and historical data from 1898 to 2012. Users can also juxtapose plate tectonic boundaries, geologic imagery,...
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This online publication is an excellent overview of earthquakes and includes a lot of good graphics and photos.
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