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A Crater Lake Warns of Future Eruptions | Volcano on the Brink

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Join scientists as they examine rocks near a lake inside the crater of a dormant volcano to learn how evidence from past eruptions might inform them about the dangers of a future event in this video from NOVA: Volcano on the Brink. Use this resource to examine how the characteristics of volcanic rocks can tell scientists about past eruptions and indicate a potential risk for future volcanic events.

Protecting People from a Hidden Hazard of Volcanoes | Volcano on Fire and Volcano on the Brink

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Learn about the hidden dangers that volcanoes can pose to surrounding populations in these videos from NOVA: Volcano on Fire and Volcano on the Brink. Use these resources to explore how scientists study and track the emission of carbon dioxide gas, a by-product of volcanic activity. Learn how scientists are trying to protect people living in the Democratic Republic of Congo from the dangers of this and other harmful gases found in high concentrations both on land and underwater throughout the region.

Warmer Oceans, More Frequent Hurricanes? | Rise of the Superstorms

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Learn how climate change is influencing the frequency and severity of hurricanes in this video from NOVA: Rise of the Superstorms. Use this resource to have students obtain and evaluate information and develop arguments using evidence from the climate record.

Doomsday Volcanoes | Clues Inside a Volcano

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Are three volcanoes in Iceland, seemingly separate aboveground, somehow linked? How might the eruption of one affect another? Geologist Freysteinn Sigmundsson and his team descend into the crater of a dormant volcano to find out, in this video from NOVA: Doomsday Volcanoes. Experience the sights inside a volcanic chamber and learn how clues from fissures within help scientists piece together the story of how Iceland’s potent volcanoes are connected.

This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.

Engines of Destruction: How Hurricanes Work | It's Okay to Be Smart

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The physics of the perfect storm…

Killer Landslides | Studying Oso

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View footage of landslides, in this video from NOVA: Killer Landslides. Learn about different types of landslides and the forces and processes that contribute to their occurrence, including the massive landslide that devastated Oso, Washington in March 2014. Explore some of the techniques and instruments that scientists use to understand past landslides in hopes of predicting future landslides.

This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.

PEEP and the Big Wide World: Stormy Weather

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Explore weather phenomena in this animated video from PEEP and the Big Wide World, where three adventurous friends—Peep, Chirp, and Quack—encounter their first tumultuous rainstorm. Students can use this video to observe how weather conditions change throughout the day. Changing weather in the video gives students opportunities to identify, describe, and compare factors of different weather conditions.

To view the Background Essay, Teaching Tips, and Non-Visual (NV) supports for this interactive, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.

Nebraska History Moments in Science: Nature & Environment

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Nebraska fun facts that are historical, arts related, science and literature based. This content falls under Nebraska State standards for Social Studies, Science, Fine Arts and Language Arts.

Alaska Tsunami

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Discover why multiple tsunamis resulted from the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 in this video adapted from Alaska Sea Grant. Hear firsthand accounts about the tsunamis and see an animation showing how tsunamis are created when there is a sudden displacement of water, caused by a change in elevation of the seafloor or by landslides. Observe how tsunamis impact coastal communities, and learn how research is critical for community preparedness.

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