By: Keith Hamburger
One of the most deadly and damaging effects of tropical cyclones is what is called the "storm surge". The flooding associated with such a surge can carry for miles inland, flooding roads and buildings and trapping residents in extremely hazardous conditions.The primary cause of...
By: Keith Hamburger
The misnamed "oil shale" doesn't really contain oil, and it isn't usually shale but some other type of sedimentary rock. However, there are a number of industrial uses for oil shale.A variety of sedimentary rocks can contain organic compounds known collectively as kerogen. While...
Global warming: Cause and effect
By: Mike Miller - 447529
The Greenhouse Effect is currently targeted as the cause of global warming. Atmospheric gases act like the windshield of a car: sunlight enters, but the heat generated by the sunlight hitting the environment remains trapped. Interior temperatures rise dramatically because more and more heat is...
By: Harry Stevens
Hail is one of the many types of precipitation that falls on this planet we call Earth. In order to know how it forms, we must first understand what it is. Hail is an irregular ball of water ice that has fallen from the sky...
How solar box cookers save energy
By: Nicholas West - 490361
It is easily one of the simplest ways to harness the power of the sun. It's uses range from teaching school kids the basics of how reflection works to pasturizing disease infested water in Africa. The basic principals of the design are concentrating sunlight, converting...
New fuel: Cars running on ethanol
By: Gary Wollenhaupt
At least eight manufacturers offer flexible fuel vehicles that can use E85 ethanol, regular gasoline, or a mix of both. FFVs can operate on E85, a motor fuel that blends 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, which if widely used, could dramatically reduce the...
By: Morgan Carlson
It doesn't matter who it is or where, when people look up to a darkening sky they know what it means. The darker a cloud, the harder the precipitation that comes with it; it's just one of those simple facts of nature. But what about...
By: Dan Keizer
What do you mean, "How does windmill power work?" The wind blows and it turns the generator. How hard is that? You can stop reading now. It all started back in the day when some dude discovered that when you move copper wire through...
By: Morgan Carlson
So you've decided to build a green home, or are merely interested in the knowledge behind it. Either way, that's great. Before you get started, here are some things you'll need to know.First, what is a green home? A fair number of people believe...
'Nuclear Winter' defined
By: Gunter Chang
The term and theory of "nuclear winter" was popularized in 1983 by Carl Sagan and associates stemming from a scientific paper, "Global Atmospheric Consequences of Nuclear War".Written by R. P. Turco, 0. B. Toon, T. P. Ackerman, J. B. Pollack and Carl Sagan, this...

 

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