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In this activity, to get an idea what the lives of Antarctic researchers are like, students will demonstrate their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of United States Antarctic Project participants. They will review a list of occupations at the station and put them in categories. In addition students will problem-solve an emergency situation specific to the operation of Palmer Station. ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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This radio broadcast explores some ideas about the cause of a 1946 tsunami which swept from Alaska through the Pacific and killed more than 150 people. The tsunami was one of the worst of the 20th Century. Scientists today still cannot agree on just what caused it. They think it was an earthquake, an undersea landslide, or possibly both. The answer may change how scientists study tsunamis and how ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Radio broadcast
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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This interactive online exhibit provides an hour-by-hour account of the eruption of Vesuvius and its effects on the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other towns surrounding the volcano. Much of this reconstruction of the events surrounding the eruption is based on the accounts of Pliny the Younger, as detailed to the historian Tacitus. The account is accompanied by an interactive timeline detailing ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), Informal
Resource type: Computer activity, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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This slide show presents examples of various types of damage caused by earthquakes. Photos include structural failures in bridges and buildings, landshifts, landslides, liquefaction, fires, tsunamis, and human impacts. Supplemental notes are provided to aid instructors about the photos presented on each slide. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Presentation / Demo, Photograph
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) is an agency of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service. This website is intended to delineate areas of the contiguous U. S. where the pre-existing fuel conditions, combined with forecast weather conditions during the next 8 days will result in a significant threat for wildfires. Also included are fire weather composite ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), General public
Resource type: Imagery - remotely sensed, Map, Ref. material
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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This is the companion website to NOVA's documentary "Fire Wars" revealing the importance of fire to wildlife systems. Additionally, it documents major wildfires from the past century and the development of modern wildfire fighting methods, as well as detailing the integral role that weather plays in wildfires. Teachers' resources include classroom activities, handouts and wildfire simulations, a glossary ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), General public
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Imagery - remotely sensed, Map, Photograph, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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This lesson introduces students to a variety of natural hazards, emphasizing that when people understand these threats they are better able to avoid or reduce their potential impacts. First, the class discusses what they know about natural hazards and natural disasters. Then, working in pairs, they research particular hazards; the threats they pose and where and when those threats are most pronounced. ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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This site reviews major flooding in the Northeastern United States, as reported by the Northeast River Forecast Center (NERFC), a division of the National Weather Service. It includes photos, rainfall maps, and descriptions of record-breaking floods that occured between the years 1927 and 1996. Descriptions include specific causes of flooding, weather patterns leading up to flooding, as well as results ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), General public
Resource type: Map, Report, In-situ dataset
Subject: Hydrology, Natural hazards
 
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Volcano World contains images of volcanoes from around the world and the Solar System; a list of current eruptions of volcanoes; volcano movie clips; information on volcanic observatories, parks and monuments; reports from people who have visited volcanoes; interviews with volcanologists; and a kids section. The teaching and learning section contains volcano lesson plans and activities; information ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), General public
Resource type: Imagery - remotely sensed, Photograph, Ref. material, Educational portal, Non-profit portal, Ask an expert
Subject: Geology, Natural hazards
 
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This United States Geological Survey (USGS) resource provides links to news and current events regarding volcanoes and current activities and a summary for the Cascade Range and its volcanoes. Other links connect to information about living with volcanoes, visiting a volcano, educational outreach, and hazards assessment reports and maps. There are also extensive menus for links to the USGS volcano ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, General public
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Geology, Natural hazards
 
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