DATABASE: Water, Water, Everywhere

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Science  21 May 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5674, pp. 1087
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5674.1087e

Last year, large floods killed more than 4500 people worldwide, chased some 21 million from their homes, and wrecked more than $7 billion worth of property. To discover more about past deluges or to find out where waters are surging today, wade into the Flood Observatory from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Drawing on news stories, satellite images, and other sources, the site's Global Archive records major floods dating back to 1985. Maps show locations of current and recent high water, and tables tally statistics such as each disaster's duration and number of deaths. The Global Flood Hazard feature uses satellite data to pinpoint areas that have been inundated over the last decade, and a gallery displays eye-catching illustrations.∼floods

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