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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.
How does a hurricane form?
In Recent North Carolina, page 5.3
Article from NASA explains the science behind hurricanes.
Format: article
Hurricane Floyd's lasting legacy
In Recent North Carolina, page 5.2
Article from NASA explains why Hurricane Floyd became such a costly and deadly storm.
Format: article
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

Amazing Space
An interactive website that uses games and activities as well as more in-depth articles to teach and excite children about space. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Space Telescope Science Institute
Antarctica: Scientific Journeys from McMurdo to the Pole
A multimedia website that uses such resources as webcasts, interactive maps, and video clips to document the journey of a team of explorers throughout Antarctica. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: The Exploratorium
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 News: Animated Guides to Natural Disasters
These animations explain how volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis develop. Each animated guide takes you on a step-by-step explanation and provides associated vocabulary. Several of the guides have an interactive step which allows... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: BBC
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
Benjamin Franklin: An Extraordinary Life, An Electric Mind
A rich, diverse website that examines the life of Benjamin Franklin from many angles using a variety of activities to engage the learner. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: PBS
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, is an exciting online professional development magazine for elementary teachers which features content-rich web sites, interactive videos, animations, articles written specifically for K-2 and 3-5 students that... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: The Ohio State University
Bill Nye, Science Guy
Bill Nye is the enthusiastic, bow-tied scientist on the Public Broadcasting System. At this site you will find information about Bill Nye, a question of the week, and memos from Bill in the U-Nye-Verse section. When this site was cataloged this memo contained... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Nye Labs
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
Drinking Water & Ground Water Kids' Stuff
Drinking Water & Ground Water Kids' Stuff is an United States Environmental Protection Agency website that provides students with activities, games, and experiments about drinking water and the water cycle.The games are divided into K-6... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Environmental Protection Agency
Earth Observing System
Find information, satellite images and scientific articles that investigate how atmosphere, oceans,land, ice, and snow influence climate and weather. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NASA
Exploratorium Snacks
...are very nutritious! Miniature science exhibits that teachers can make using common, inexpensive, easily available materials. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Exploratorium Museum
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