Natural Hazards Science Games
In this series of games, your students will learn about a variety of natural hazards that result from natural processes. Natural Hazards learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and academic performance in your classroom, as demonstrated by research.
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When natural processes on Earth negatively affect humans, they are known as natural hazards. Some natural processes occur suddenly while others occur gradually over time. Tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, severe weather, coastal erosion, and floods are examples of these hazards. Infrared and satellite imagery are technologies that can be used to reduce the impact of natural hazards. Humans can reduce the impact of these hazards by increasing community preparedness and response capabilities.
Weather is defined as the conditions of the atmosphere at a particular place and time. Severe weather is a dangerous weather phenomenon such as a hurricane, tornado, or thunderstorm. Heavy rain from severe weather can cause flooding. Lightning from a thunderstorm can cause fires. Hurricanes are powerful tropical storms that form over the Atlantic Ocean with extremely strong wind gusts and heavy rainfall. A tornado is a powerful rotating funnel cloud that extends from storm clouds to the ground, producing damaging winds.
Natural hazards cannot be prevented, but an understanding of these hazards allows humans to predict, prepare for, and respond to them. Humans can reduce the impact by improving the construction of structures in high-risk locations. Humans can also reduce the impact by developing warning systems to notify people in at-risk locations and by identifying high-risk locations and avoiding those locations.
A preview of each game in the learning objective is found below.
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