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Diagram of hurricane formation
Diagram of hurricane formation
Diagram of hurricane formation showing movement of warm, humid air and cold, unstable air between the upper and lower atmosphere.
Format: image/photograph
How do hurricanes form?
In Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development, page 2
Hurricanes begin when areas of low atmospheric pressure move off Africa and into the Atlantic, where they grow and intensify in the moisture-laden air above the warm tropical ocean. Air moves toward these atmospheric lows from all directions and curves to...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development
A Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” that examines the sand sharing system of sedimentary coastlines and the impact of hurricanes on those coastlines and on human development.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Recent North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore recent North Carolina (1975–present). Topics include politics, the economy, the environment, natural disasters, and increasing diversity.
Format: book (multiple pages)

Resources on the web

Arctic Theme Page
Links to widely distributed data and information from research institutions throughout the world focused on the Arctic. Available information on the website includes relevant data, graphics, and forecasts, including historical perspectives and in-depth analyses. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
ASPIRE: Astrophysics Science Project Integrating Research and Education
Interactive science labs and lessons for teachers and students. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: University of Utah
Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML)
Information and data sets related to the Atlantic Ocean and its climate, including overviews about coastal and regional environments and hurricanes. Also find articles about a wide range of ocean topics from Harris B. Stewart's 1951 Northern Holiday Expedition... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NOAA
BBC: Science and Nature
This large interactive site has a tremendous amount of information in subjects that range from the human body to space travel. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: BBC
Climate Kids
Want to play the Hurricane Name Game or learn how to make a barometer? The site includes activities, games, and educational resources on climate, hurricanes, tornadoes, weather trivia and more. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: South East Regional Climate Center
Exploring the Environment
Promotes science-literate and reflective students who are knowledgeable of the earth's processes and their responsibilities for stewardship using these instructional resources. Find activities and learning modules for coral reefs, global climate change, the... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: NASA
Global Climate Change
Explore scientific data relating to the atmosphere, the oceans, the areas covered by ice and snow, and the living organisms. Get a sense of how scientists study natural phenomena, how researchers gather evidence, test theories, and come to conclusions. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Exploratorium
NASA Earth Observatory
This website sponsored by NASA from NASA. features current and evolvong information and resources about the condition and state of land, oceans, atmosphere, energy, and life on planet Earth. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NASA
NASA Multimedia Gallery
Experience NASA through their great selection of images, video, and interactive features. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NASA
National Data Buoy Center
Sponsored by NOAA, this website uses information collected from buoys in the world's oceans about water temperature and height, wind, etc., to aid in the prediction of weather and for ocean vessels to understand the seas around them. Users can select buoys... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Buoy Data Center (NOAA)
National Geographic Xpeditions
A comprehensive site for the study of geography and its relation to history, archaeology, world cultures, and economics. Teachers can access lesson plans, activities, interactive museums and exhibitions, and maps. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: National Geographic
National Geophysical Data Center
"NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) provides scientific stewardship, products, and services for geophysical data, from the Sun to the Earth and Earth's sea floor and solid earth environment, including Earth observation from space." This is a comprehensive... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NOAA
The National Science Foundation
Super scientific articles, audio clips, videos, and interactive features about a panopoly of innovations: the Internet, robots, artificial heart valves, frozen frogs, extrasolar planets, memory, data mining, and more. Get the latest news and classroom resources... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Science Foundation
NEFSC Historical Page
Contains answers to frequently asked questions about fish and oceanography including fish images and artwork. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Newswise: SciNews
A comprehensive, online database of science news from a variety of science and health publications and institutions. Spanning a wide range of topics such as genetics, disease, environmental studies, technology, energy, and space exploration, this site is a... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NewsWise
Newton BBS
Ask a scientist a question or browse the answers to previously answered questions in categories such as astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, mathematics, and zoology. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Argonne National Laboratory