Tornado Alley: Location and description
By: Heather Waelti
Tornado Alley is an informal and common media term referring to a specific region or strip of a region within the United States that is plagued with the deadly destructive natural disasters known as tornado's. This particular region issaid to be located in Central United...
By: Sue Alexander-Barnes
The Sun, even during its calmest periods, emits more energy per second than the entire human race could produce in several trillion years. As solar activity develops over its 11-year cycle, the Sun becomes increasingly violent, notably in areas of sunspots. Solar flares become more...
By: Charles Ray
The oceans, in conjunction with the atmosphere, create the climate experienced on Earth. For a long time, discussions of climate change did not take the oceans, and the major impact they have on climate, into consideration. The top few meters of the ocean store as...
Plastic the Plague of Plastic why Plastic should be Reduced Plastic and Pollution Trashy Culture
By: Christyl Rivers
Reduce plastic use. This is a simple idea, and it is extremely important. We should not, or rather will not, be able to eliminate the use of plastic altogether. Still, to greatly reduce the amount of plastic now wasted, and detrimental to our quality of...
By: Kevin W Byrom
Before the 1950's, very little was actually known about the severe storms that spawn the recurring vortexes known as tornadoes. Science knew that tornadoes formed out of some really nasty thunderstorms over land, but the complete set of mechanics that had to come together in...
By: Blaise Pascal
The term ‘Tornado Alley’ has been used for quite some time by the media to describe an area of the contiguous United States that is known for frequent tornado activity. While most states experience tornadoes, the states and areas included in Tornado Alley receive...
Global warming: How the oceans are changing
By: Nigel Holmes
According to the UN-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC for short,) the balance of scientific opinion is that mankind is warming the planet. While climate changes are complex, it does seem that emissions of greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide, are a significant...
By: B. J. Deming
No one is sure exactly how a multiple-vortex tornado forms, because it doesn’t last very long and is very difficult to see clearly during its life. Researchers have a number of theories about it that include vortex breakdown or possibly unstable horizontal wind shear...
A scientific explanation of how floods occur
By: Blaise Pascal
Flooding will either occur naturally or because of how people have altered the environment. Before these two are explained, it is probably best to provide the details of the path that water takes. Everyone knows that rain falls from the sky but where does it...
Tips on how to stay safe during a tornado
By: Marcus Brooks
First off, my thoughts and prayers go out to the Deep South. It's hard to fathom 150 tornadoes in a 24 hour period. It's impossible to prepare for mammoth twisters hundreds of feet wide barreling like elephants on a rampage. Us Iowans know this tragedy...

 

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