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Mother Nature in Charge | Long Commutes

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Clarence Greene, roads superintendent for the Spirit Lake Reservation, has to drive great distances to get to job sites because roads are under several feet of water. He has seen many family farms flooded out, farms that have been passed from one generation to the next, leaving no legacy or livelihood for this generation.

Himalayan Megaquake | Future Earthquake Potential

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Learn how energy builds up along plate boundaries over time and how release of the stored energy leads to earthquakes in this excerpt from NOVA’s Himalayan Megaquake. The Gorkha region in the Himalayas was devastated by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in 2015. The video explains how historical records and GPS technology can help scientists determine energy buildup and the potential for future earthquakes in the Himalayan region.

To view the Background Essay and Teaching Tips for this video, 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.

The Climate is Changing but How's the Weather? | Exploring Energy

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What's the difference between weather and climate? Climate scientists and meteorologists open up about how they collect and analyze data to keep us safe now and in the future.

Does Climate Change Cause Extreme Weather? | Above the Noise

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Fluctuations in weather happen all the time. But sometimes, those fluctuations can get extreme, making disasters like hurricanes and heatwaves more intense. What role does climate change play in extreme weather? Watch the latest Above the Noise episode to find out.

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.

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