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View Resource Sandy Coasts

Waves play a major role in breaking down and building up coastline features. But other factors, including tides, currents, and sediment type, also determine how erosional and depositional processes shape coastlines. This interactive feature introduces viewers to the landforms and features associated with sandy coasts. Typically located on passive margins in areas characterized by low wave energy,...

View Resource Anatomy of a Tsunami

This interactive lesson from NOVA Online shows how the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was triggered, how its waves traveled thousands of kilometers largely unchanged, and what happened once the waves reached coastlines both near and far from their source. Users can click on highlighted points on the map to see animations and written narrative describing the tsunami's effects.

View Resource Education Center Activity: Monster Waves

In this lesson, students will build a tabletop village and visualize the relative height and impacts of a tsunami. Students discuss: how high the tsunami wave would reach; effects it would have on structures and people; what could be done to prepare. Includes: brief definition of tsunami, causes and need for early warning; suggested writing and reading extensions. Appropriate for early elementary.

View Resource The Orphan Tsunami of 1700: Japanese Clues to a Parent Earthquake in North America

This text relates a scientific detective story through clues from both sides of the Pacific. In the year 1700, a mysterious tsunami flooded fields and washed away houses in Japan. It arrived without the warning that a nearby earthquake usually provides. Samurai, merchants, and villagers recorded the event, but nearly three centuries would pass before discoveries in North America revealed the...

View Resource Tsunamis

This portal provides access to a variety of materials about tsunamis. Resources include items on the mechanisms of tsunami generation, survival and preparedness, hazards, tsunami graphics, and other information. There is also a link to a set of lesson plans on earthquakes and tsunamis from the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics.

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