EDUCATION: Earth, Wind, And Fire

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Science  11 Aug 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5788, pp. 739
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5788.739c

The new Natural Hazards Gateway from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) offers students and the general public quick access to data on an almost biblical array of disasters, including hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and floods. Each of the seven sections supplies fact sheets on a specific hazard and posts the latest alerts and activity reports. You'll also find plenty of links to other, mainly USGS, sites at which you can nab background information and up-to-date conditions. Wade into the flood section, for instance, and you'll be deluged by real-time stream-flow values from around the country. Another highlight is the hurricane impact studies, which feature dramatic images from recent storms. Included are before-and-after maps based on laser altimetry, or lidar, which show that Hurricane Charley severed Florida's North Captiva Island in 2004.

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