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Chapter Challenge

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm, Chapter 5: Chapter Challenge.


Explanations of Wind, Oceans, Weather, and Climate

Wind, Windows to the Universe
Describes the factors that create different pressures in the atmosphere which creates the winds around the globe.

General Characteristics of the World's Oceans, NASA
Reviews the general characteristics of the oceans, including temperature and salinity.  Contains several full-color images.

Climate, NOAA
Looks at how the world’s climates can be divided into categories.

How Winds, Oceans, Weather, and Climate are Related

Global Circulations, NOAA
Looks at global atmospheric circulation patterns and how they influence climate and weather.

Air Masses, NOAA
Explains how air masses form, the principle classifications that influence the continental United States, and the formation of fronts between them.

Ocean and Climate, NASA
Looks at the connection between the oceans and atmosphere, what ocean circulation is and why it is important, and its effects on climate.

Descriptions of Severe-Weather Events

Thunderstorms and Lightning...the Underrated Killers!, NOAA
Reviews the hazards associated with thunderstorms, including winds, rain, hail, and lightning. Also reviews the development of thunderstorms, where thunderstorms are likely to occur, and how to remain safe during a thunderstorm.

Severe Weather, NOAA
Explains how tornadoes form using color images. Also disproves several tornado myths, reviews where tornadoes occur, and provides tips on how to stay informed about tornado watches.

Flooding, NOAA
General information on floods, flood conditions, and how floods are monitored.

Hurricanes: The Greatest Storms on Earth, NASA
Describes how hurricanes form, weaken, where they occur, how they are related to climate, and NASA missions to study hurricanes.

Safety Rules for Dealing with Severe-Weather Events

Floods, FEMA
Introduction to floods and flash floods. Includes suggestions for preparing for a flood and facts on the devastation caused by floods.

Preparedness Fast Facts - Thunderstorms, Red Cross
Reviews the hazards associated with thunderstorms, including winds, rain, hail, and lightning and how to remain safe during a thunderstorm.

Thunderstorm and Camping Safety, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorology
Includes tips on protecting oneself from lightnig associated with thunderstorms while in the outdoors hiking or camping.

Are You Ready? – Tornadoes, FEMA
Explains the difference between a tornado watch and warning, how to recognize tornado dangers, and tips for safety before, during, and after a tornado.

Preparedness Fast Facts – Hurricanes, American Red Cross
Provides suggestions for preparing against the dangers of a hurricane.

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