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Earthforce - Science Learning Network
Witness the rumbling of the Earth as you learn about Earth forces that push and pull the Earth's core, crust, or water. This motion can cause the shaking of an earthquake, the eruption of a volcano, and the force of a flood. Constantly at work, Earth forces move tectonic plates, build up pressure in the mantle, and carve and dissolve rock. What would you find if you dug miles beneath the Earth's crust? What happens when giant crustal plates collide? What happens when the power of an underwater earthquake unleashes nature's fury on the coastline?
You may not know when a natural disaster is going to strike, but you can know what to do when it does. These lessons in emergency preparedness will help you know what to do in case of an earthquake, flood, hurricane, tornado, wildfire, or blizzard. Understand that it is wise to be prepared, because it may take hours or days for rescuers to reach you. Develop a plan for evacuation and reuniting with family in case of an emergency. Assemble a family disaster kit for your home and car.
Natural Disasters - ESA Kids
Monster waves and killer hurricanes are tracked from space at the European Space Agency. Hurricanes form a huge spiral over the ocean that can be seen from space. Optical and radar instruments provide eyes on the sky looking out for the next killer storm. Radio signals from space radar can be used to detect the height and speed of waves approaching land. Learn fascinating facts about a historical volcano that caused a volcanic winter that lasted for years! Identity which type of natural disaster is the deadliest, and find out why it is so difficult to predict.
Nature's Fury - National Geographic
Satellites serve as eyes in the sky to help scientists learn about natural catastrophes. These spectacular views from high in the sky reveal little of the destruction of nature's fury, but may give scientists a glimpse into the forces behind hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes, wildfires, and earthquakes. Studying the upheavals of the living planet Earth is the first step to reducing the effects of these events on humans. Get a glimpse into the historical terror caused by the fire, ash, and molten lava that spews from an erupting volcano. Witness the devastation of deadly storms and earthquakes. Click on the picture of your natural disaster topic to learn more.
Readiness U - FEMA
Do you know about different kinds of weather events and other unexpected situations? The words and terms you hear during emergencies can be confusing. Here's an overview of the most common terms, as well as Web sites you can visit for more information!
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Books in the Library
Most books on your topic will be found in the 551 section of the nonfiction books.
It's a Tsunami! by
Call Number: 551.46 HIG
Outlines the characteristics of a tsunami and examines how this type of weather forms.
Heatwaves and Droughts by
Call Number: 551.5 BUR
Readers will learn that heat waves are more than just a nuisance. Theyll find out about the Dustbowl of the thirties, and how to stay safe and healthy during the hot, dry spells our nation sometimes experiences.
Hurricane and Tornado by
Call Number: 551.5 CHA
Here is a dramatic and compelling guide to nature's most dangerous and destructive forces. See into the eye of a spiraling cyclone, hailstones the size of tennis balls, a spectacular lightning ball, the devastating effects of the El Nino phenomenon, and how a gentle mountain stream can become a raging torrent within a few minutes. Learn the techniques developed through the centuries to forecast weather, about the chicken that was stripped of its feathers by a tornado, about Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod, and why human activity can cause weather patterns to change. Discover what causes giant waves capable of engulfing entire cities, the disastrous consequences of drought, how plants and animals have adapted to withstand extreme conditions, the weather patterns beyond Earth, and much, much more.
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