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View Resource National Science Foundation: Disasters

This fine website from the National Science Foundation (NSF) addresses its subject thusly: "Whether caused by acts of nature, human errors or even malevolence, disasters are an increasingly costly threat." Released as part of their "Special Reports" series, this interactive site profiles the latest in disaster research from the NSF and the "Critical Role of Research". First-time visitors will...

View Resource Anatomy of an Environmental Disaster: Exploring Pollution Events through Production of a Documentary

The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) presents this interdisciplinary instructional material on pollution and environmental disasters. In the unit, students examine a pollution event, the history and background that caused the pollution, community regulations and impact, and the science involved. In analyzing all sides of a major pollution event, students will come to...

View Resource A Case Study of an Oil Pipeline Rupture and Microbial Action on the Spill

The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) presents this instructional module on bioremediation of contaminants in the environment. The example of an oil spill near Bemidji, Minnesota is highlighted: by looking at an example from real life, students can gain a better understanding of the causes of such an accident and environmental considerations. A student WebQuest activity...

View Resource The Impact of Weather & Topography on Landslide Development

The Real World Learning Objects Resource Library has provided this activity to demonstrate the role of weather and topography in environmental disasters. Students will use real GIS data to analyze the relationship between weather, topography and landslides. Background materials and worksheets are provided in the ?Content Materials? section, and the procedure for students to follow is cle...

View Resource Faultline: Seismic Science At The Epicenter

This website from the Exploratorium provides an introduction to seismic science, or earthquakes and their effects. The site contains an introduction, real time data on earthquakes, pictures historical earthquakes, damage control strategies, and information on the active zone. Also included are activities, media reports, photos, and additional links for more information.

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