Natural Disasters and Earth System Research
Hurricanes have rapid and strong winds (atmosphere) which can cause massive amounts of environmental damage (biosphere). With the inclusion of environmental damage, global warming has been causing polar caps to melt (cryosphere) which doubles the amount of rainfall from a hurricane. With more rainfall, sea levels will continue to rise and cause flash floods (hydrosphere). Lastly, flash floods can also cause the ground to erode at a faster rate (geosphere). An understanding of environmental science can aid in handling natural disasters by preparing for what might cause damages to the area and save many lives. In order to create a sustainable future, we make sure that we stock on essential supplies, plan our evacuation routes, board up our homes and businesses, and make sure you have insurance. Reflection: When it comes to hurricanes, I would want to stay as far away as possible. Our visuals might not be very accurate but it gives a good interpretation of the situation of a hurricane may look like. Works Cited “6 Ways to Prepare Now for Hurricanes.” AccuWeather.com - Under Maintenance, www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/six-ways-to-prepare-for-tropical-storms-hurricanes-atlantic-season/46771146. “How Hurricanes Form and What Makes Them So Destructive.” National Geographic, 22 Aug. 2018, www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/hurricanes/ . “Hurricane Florence: Mass Evacuation of 1.5 Million Residents Ordered.” New Scientist, New Scientist, www.newscientist.com/article/2179144-hurricane-florence-mass-evacuation-of-1-5-million-residents-ordered/. “Recent Hurricanes Pushed Rare Island Species Closer to the Brink.” National Geographic, National Geographic Society, 30 Oct. 2017, news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/hurricane-irma-hurts-florida-keys-wildlife/.
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