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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.

Making North America | The Cascadia Subduction Zone

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Learn why an ancient earthquake that sunk a coastal rain forest into the tidal zone may portend a severe natural disaster in the Pacific Northwest today, in this video from NOVA: Making North America: Human. Underlying a “ghost forest” in Washington State is evidence of one of the worst seismic events in North America since human beings arrived on the continent. The event traces to the Cascadia subduction zone, where the Juan de Fuca plate is trying to slide under the North American plate. Sediment core samples suggest that a severe earthquake somewhere along the subduction zone is likely to occur again in the future.

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. To see more resources from NOVA: Making North America, visit the collection page here.

Mother Nature in Charge | Losing Faith

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By nature farmers are optimists, so Dan Webster tries to hang on to the hope that the situation will get better.

Mother Nature in Charge | Flooded Land

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Devils Lake area farmer, Dan Webster, has lost more than 5,000 acres due to the flood and had to burn his family original farmstead. He speaks about his family’s situation with raw emotion.

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