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Published in 2018
Have you ever felt an earthquake? What was it link? What did you do? More than 143 million people are exposed to potentially damaging shaking in the United States. The US Geological Survey (USGS) along with universities and state agencies in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California are developing...
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One of the issues surrounding wildland fires involves areas where uncontrolled urban growth meets uncontrolled vegetative growth. People who live in these areas should take extra precautions to limit the effects of any nearby wildland fire that might occur. Students will take on the role of Fire...
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Different types of soil have different capabilities for retaining rainwater. When the soil in an area cannot hold enough rainwater, flooding occurs. Students in this activity measure the amount of water different soil types can handle. Following the activity, students discuss soil and flooding...
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Landslides constitute a major geologic hazard. They are widespread, occurring in all 50 states, and cause ¤1-2 billion in damages and more than 25 fatalities on average each year. Landslides commonly occur with other major natural disasters, such as earthquakes and floods (USGS Learning Web)....
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A normal fault occurs when rocks break and move because they are being pulled apart. As the area is stretched, the rocks move along the fault. Each movement causes an earthquake. This model demonstrates how a block of rock is extended by a normal fault. 
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"Water that accumulates beneath the surface of the Earth is called groundwater. Contrary to popular belief, groundwater does not form underground """"rivers,"""" but is actually found in the small spaces and cracks between rocks and other material such as sand and gravel. Groundwater supplies about...
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This activity lists materials needed (for home and school use) in case of emergency or natural disaster. Following a natural hazard, basic services – electricity, water, gas, telephones – may be cut off for days. Or, you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice. You probably won’t have time...
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A tropical storm is brewing in the Atlantic Ocean. It's causing rain and thunderstorms over the Caribbean, and it will soon be a tropical depression — the beginning of a hurricane. By the time Hurricane Mitch leaves the Central America, more than 11-000 people will be dead and as many as...
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This activity is designed to give you practice using a geologic map to assess the likelihood and location of a particular natural hazard — earthquakes — in California.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This activity allows you to investigate how often earthquakes of various magnitudes happen within a geographic region of your choice. You will use the online resources of the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) to do the investigation. Students use online maps to attempt finding...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Earth scientists play an important, if largely invisible, role in many aspects of our daily lives, such as building homes or growing food. For example, geoscientists help determine which locations would be best for undertaking these vital activities. The slope of the soil is an important soil...
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This tracking activity allows students to plot data points onto a tracking chart and map out the possible path of an oncoming hurricane. Meteorologists study the development and movement of hurricanes. This information is made available to the public through the National Hurricane Center which is...
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Severe weather includes phenomena such as thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning storms. Severe weather can cause great amounts of damage, especially in places where severe weather is prevalent. How much of a danger does severe weather pose for the area where you live? You can compute...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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In this activity, students create an earthquake machine: a movable system that can test the strength of earthquakes and tremors. Students should have a discussion before and after the experiments, highlighting these questions: what is an earthquake, how do they form, what kind of damage do they do...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Push away from those paper seismograms and get outside to make your own earthquake waves! You're going to learn about earthquake location kinesthetically. In the activity below, you will model how earthquake waves travel through the Earth at different speeds. You also will construct and utilize a...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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One of the most frightening and destructive phenomena of nature is a severe earthquake and its terrible aftereffects. An earthquake is a sudden movement of the Earth, caused by the abrupt release of strain that has accumulated over a long time. For hundreds of millions of years, the forces of plate...
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Published in 2007
Hurricanes are among the most common and most destructive types of natural hazards on Earth. Because they occur across space and time, hurricanes can be better understood using maps, particularly digital maps within a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) environment. GIS allows you to use maps as...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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