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Morgan County School System
This amazing podcast will keep you on the edge of your seat. Each step of the Enhanced Fujita Scale is explained with a picture to show the damage intensity. Next graphics explain how tornadoes form. A video segment from the April 27th tornado outbreak in Alabama illustrates how multiple vortexes can form and the aftermath that is left behind. Finally, the importance of being weather aware is addressed. The magnitude of this catastrophic event is sure to keep your attention!
Content Areas: Science
Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:
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12. Identify conditions that result in specific weather phenomena, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Identifying cloud types associated with specific weather patterns Identifying positive and negative effects of weather phenomena
positive—flooding deposits good soil when waters recede,
negative—flooding kills crops Identifying technology used to record and predict weather, including thermometers, barometers, rain gauges, anemometers, and satellites Explaining symbols shown on a weather map Organizing weather data into tables or charts
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2. Describe factors that cause changes to Earth's surface over time.
Examples: earthquakes, volcanoes, weathering, erosion, glacial erosion or scouring, deposition, water flow, tornadoes, hurricanes, farming and conservation, mining and reclamation, deforestation and reforestation, waste disposal, global climate changes, greenhouse gases Comparing constructive and destructive natural processes and their effects on land formations
constructive—volcanic and mountain-building processes;
destructive—erosion by wind, water, and ice Distinguishing rock strata by geologic composition
Examples: predicting relative age of strata by fossil depth, predicting occurrence of natural events by rock composition in a particular strata
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17. Formulate and evaluate solutions to limit the effects of natural Earth
processes on humans (e.g., designing earthquake, tornado, or hurricane-resistant
buildings; improving monitoring of volcanic activity).*