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Once and Future Tsunamis
Long before the devastating December 2004 Indian Ocean event, tsunamis had already been implicated in the widespread death and destruction in Java and Sumatra following the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa. Tsunamis are also blamed for the collapse of the ancient Minoan civilization on Crete. These waves are capable of overrunning almost any coastline in the world and exacting a serious toll on both property and life. This interactive world map lets users explore key tsunamis dating from 3.5 billion years ago, along with a hypothetical future event that might take place in the Atlantic Ocean near the Canary Islands.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
  • Visual:
    • Map
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
Flash player
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Source: NOVA "Wave That Shook the World". Copyright 2002-2006, WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-009-832
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth's history
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
        • Risks and benefits
    • 9-12:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Environmental quality
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: WGBH Educational Foundation
http://www.wgbh.org/