The Science of Natural Disasters: When Nature and Humans Collide
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Detailed Book Description
Have you heard news reports about wildfires in California? Have you ever had a flood in your town? Have you ever been in a tornado?
The Science of Natural Disasters: When Nature and Humans Collide examines the science behind earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and wildfires, using historical and current events as case studies, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the floods in China in 1931, and the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815, which led to what is now called the “year without a summer.”
Natural Disasters may be changing, but they aren’t going away, and Earth science is extremely relevant for our future. In The Science of Natural Disasters, science-minded STEM activities encourage young readers to think like scientists while critical thinking exercises, essential questions, fascinating facts, links to online resources, and more encourage readers to explore the ever-evolving dynamics of this incredible planet.
The Science of Natural Disasters is part of a set of three Inquire & Investigate Earth Science books that explore the earth, the atmosphere, and everything in between. The other titles in this series are The Science of Weather and Climate: Rain, Sleet, and the Rising Tide and Rocks and Minerals: Get the Dirt on Geology.
Try these hands-on science projects!
- Engineer hurricane resistant cities
- Explore twisters in popular culture
- Assess the flood risk of the town where you live
- Report on a natural disaster that is taking place right now
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: What Is a Natural Disaster?
Research a local natural disaster
Report on a natural disaster that is taking place right now.
Chapter One: Earthquakes
Locate and explore major earthquake hotspots around the world
Explore current research on plate tectonics
Chapter Two: Volcanoes
Research project of a currently active volcano
Navigate The Ring of Fire research project
Chapter Three: Hurricanes
Engineer hurricane resistant cities
Debate: Is global warming affecting the number and type and destructiveness of hurricanes?
Chapter Four: Tornadoes
The unsolved scientific mystery of what triggers the formation of a funnel cloud
Twisters in popular culture
Chapter Five: Floods
Research the history of the Army Corps of Engineers
Assess the flood risk of the town where you live
Chapter Six: Wildfires
Research a wildfire of historical significance
Assess the risk of wildfire in a given location—home, school, town, etc.