Environmental consequences of prolonged drought
By: Bozena Hartley
Water is one of the main resources, without which there would be no life on Earth. No one thinks about water, until it becomes scarce. There are several areas around the world known for centuries for their water shortages, like the African and Asian deserts...
Reasons why so many people died during the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake in Italy
By: Anne StClair
The city of L'Aquilia (population approximately 68,500) and several nearby medieval towns and villages in the Abruzzo region of central Italy were hit by an earthquake on the morning of Monday 6 April 2009. The earthquake injured over one thousand people, left an estimated...
By: JRR
Many disaster movies have portrayed giant earthquakes and the tsunami's that follows as changing the world as we know it. Through the eyes of Hollywood directors we have been able to watch as a single monster wave washes away entire countries. At some point, many...
By: Josephine Polifroni
A tsunami, Japanese for "great harbor wave," is a seismic sea wave, formed as the result of sudden changes in the sea floor brought on by an earthquake.There are four basic stages to a tsunami. Although the cycle starts with an earthquake, and...
The deadliest earthquakes on record
By: JRR
Each year there are more than 1.5 million earthquakes. The majority are small, going unnoticed by humans. Some cause minimal damage, while others are powerful enough to devastate and completely destroy large areas. They cause not only property damage but take a high toll...
What is a lahar?
By: Josephine Polifroni
A lahar is a mudflow or landslide of tephra or pyroclastic material, ash, shattered rock, dust and other material from a volcanic eruption mixed with water. This collection of loose debris, volcanic ash and water, generally has the consistency of flowing concrete and most often...
How do individual conservation efforts affect worldwide availability of drinking water?
By: Cheryl Abney
Can one person change the world? It's not likely unless you're watching a sci-fi movie. But one act multiplied by billions of people can make a big difference in the future of our planet Earth. I'm reminded of the story about the starfish. A man...
Surviving a tornado
By: Sam Smart
Tornadoes are powerful storms. Other than Antarctica, they have been reported in all continents on Earth. As the country of the United States experiences the most tornado frequency yearly (more than one thousand tornadoes on average), in previous years, hundreds of victims worldwide have died...
By: Kimberly Bunch
Lahars are a form of mudslide or landslide that doesn't necessary need to be triggered by volcanism. The name lahar derives from the Javanese Hindi language in Indonesia. The volcanic mud-flow in Hindi means wave. Lahars can effect all of the mountains of the world...
How do individual conservation efforts affect worldwide availability of drinking water?
By: Carol Natoli
"What difference will it make if a few people turn off the water when brushing their teeth?" you say. "How could that save the planet and affect the availability of drinking water throughout the world?" Well, if everyone had that attitude, then nothing...

 

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