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13. The 2011 Christchurch earthquake and other recent earthquakes – Historic earthquakes – Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

13. The 2011 Christchurch earthquake and other recent earthquakes – Historic earthquakes – Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand | Physical Geography | Scoop.it
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Earth's surface 'lurches 11ft to the right' as New Zealand earthquake rips new fault line across the world

Earth's surface 'lurches 11ft to the right' as New Zealand earthquake rips new fault line across the world | Physical Geography | Scoop.it
The quake was caused by the continuing collision between the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates.
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Japan Tsunami Debris Turns Up in Hawaii

Japan Tsunami Debris Turns Up in Hawaii | Physical Geography | Scoop.it
A barnacle-covered seafood storage bin has been identified as the first piece of debris to arrive in Hawaii from the 2011 Japanese tsunami.

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Boxing Day tsunami girl, 15, found alive after walking home for seven years

Boxing Day tsunami girl, 15, found alive after walking home for seven years | Physical Geography | Scoop.it

An Indonesian girl who was feared dead after being swept away in the Indian Ocean tsunami has reportedly found her way home after walking for seven years.


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Kol Tregaskes's comment, December 24, 2011 6:04 PM
That is such an awful headline. For the facts please read the BBC News article here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16314365

According to the BBC she was enslaved for the last 7 years, was freed last week and turned up home early this week.

Moral of the story, don't read the Daily Mirror!
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The Big Idea - Safe Houses - National Geographic Magazine

The Big Idea - Safe Houses - National Geographic Magazine | Physical Geography | Scoop.it
The earthquake in Haiti was a reminder: Billions of people live in houses that can't stand shaking.
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Plate Tectonics : Plate Boundaries

The three types of plate boundaries explained in detail.


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(EN) - Plate Tectonics Glossary | The Geological Society

(EN) - Plate Tectonics Glossary | The Geological Society | Physical Geography | Scoop.it

"The surface of the Earth is broken up into large plates. It’s easy to confuse these plates with the Earth’s crust – the thin outermost layer of the Earth. But there is more to the structure of the Earth than this simple image of a ‘cracked egg-shell’.

 

The Earth’s layers can be defined in two different ways – based on the chemical composition or the mechanical properties of the rock. To understand what plates are, it is important to understand both of ..."


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Michelle Winemiller's curator insight, January 22, 2015 12:07 PM

this article will be of particular value so that students are provided with the actual lithospheric plate locations on Earth

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Exploring Life's Origins: A Timeline of Life's Evolution

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A-level Geography River Profiles Revision - Storm hydrographs and river discharge | S-cool, the revision website

A-level Geography River Profiles Revision - Storm hydrographs and river discharge | S-cool, the revision website | Physical Geography | Scoop.it

Good summary of stream hydrographs and the factors involved... perfect for Freshwater theme


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Flood defences go up on Severn

Flood defences go up on Severn | Physical Geography | Scoop.it
Flood barriers are put up at Frankwell in Shrewsbury as levels on the River Severn rise across the county.

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Mr Jones's curator insight, January 29, 2014 10:05 AM

Clearly in additin to the Public Good issues the only real reason I re-scooped this was the connection with the home town of my youth.  Won't happen again

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Managing Fragile Ecosystems: Combating Desertification and Drought

Managing Fragile Ecosystems: Combating Desertification and Drought | Physical Geography | Scoop.it
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the voice for the environment in the United Nations system. It is an advocate, educator, catalyst and facilitator, promoting the wise use of the planet's natural assets for sustainable development.
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Desertification WWF Campaign

Desertification WWF Campaign | Physical Geography | Scoop.it
It is a shocking fact that desertification destroys 6,000 species each and every year.

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BBC NEWS | Business | Q&A: Flooding and insurance

BBC NEWS | Business | Q&A: Flooding and insurance | Physical Geography | Scoop.it
The flash floods at Boscastle is one of the worst instances of damage wrought by sudden rainfall. BBC News Online looks at the impact on insurance.

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A McCardle's curator insight, June 18, 2013 9:43 AM

Human modification of floodplains reading

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Earthquake strikes Christchurch in New Zealand

Earthquake strikes Christchurch in New Zealand | Physical Geography | Scoop.it
State of emergency declared after earthquake with magnitude of 7.0 strikes 19 miles west of Christchurch
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Greenfieldgeography - Short‑term, mid‑term and long‑term responses after the event

Greenfieldgeography - Short‑term, mid‑term and long‑term responses after the event | Physical Geography | Scoop.it
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Why earthquake did not cause a tsunami

Why earthquake did not cause a tsunami | Physical Geography | Scoop.it

At a magnitude of 8.6, yesterday's earthquake off the Indonesian province of Aceh was one of the largest ever recorded.Yet the massive tremor, which was followed by an 8.2-magnitude aftershock, did not cause a severe tsunami such as the one on December 26, 2004, which devastated countries around the Indian Ocean and killed more than 200,000.

 

So what is the difference?

 


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Tsunami hazards

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This page is about how tsunamis occur, plus a case study of the Boxing day tsunami of 2004
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How do you build an Earthquake-proof building? : Imagination Station

How do you build an Earthquake-proof building? : Imagination Station | Physical Geography | Scoop.it
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New origin seen for Earth's tectonic plates

New origin seen for Earth's tectonic plates | Physical Geography | Scoop.it
Continual diving of crust into mantle is sufficient to explain formation of plate boundaries.

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BBC Earth - Earth Timeline - facts, video & pictures

BBC Earth - Earth Timeline - facts, video & pictures | Physical Geography | Scoop.it
Watch interesting, fact-filled BBC video clips that illustrate key events during the Earth's 4.6-billion-year history.
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UK weather: Flooding in Worcester causes River Severn to hit highest level on record

UK weather: Flooding in Worcester causes River Severn to hit highest level on record | Physical Geography | Scoop.it
The residents of the cathedral city of Worcester are used to flooding – as any cricket fan will remember, the local county cricket ground was so badly affected in 2007 that it didn’t host a match until late June.

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Steven Billington's curator insight, February 14, 2014 3:32 AM

A good overview of the current flooding issues.

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A-level Geography River Processes and Management Revision - River channel landforms | S-cool, the revision website

A-level Geography River Processes and Management Revision - River channel landforms | S-cool, the revision website | Physical Geography | Scoop.it

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World Day to Combat Desertification, 17 June

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“World Day to Combat Desertification 2013- Don’t let our future dry up”


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#WorldDay #Combat #Desertification & #Drought 2013 - “Don’t let our future dry up”

 

Goal to create awareness about the risks of drought and water scarcity in the drylands and beyond, calling attention to the importance of sustaining healthy soils.

 

Take action to promote preparedness and resilience to water scarcity, desertification and drought. We are all responsible for water and land conservation and sustainable use, and that there are solutions to these serious natural resource challenges.

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HowStuffWorks "Why is the Sahel shifting?"

HowStuffWorks "Why is the Sahel shifting?" | Physical Geography | Scoop.it
The Sahel, the band of land that divides the Saharrah from Africa's rainforests, is shifting. Learn about the Sahel.

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Al Picozzi's curator insight, November 1, 2013 8:34 AM

Alot of factors are casuing this change.  Lack of rainfall from a shifting climate due to warmer oceans, exterme population growth that is effecting the straining the carrying capacity of the area beyond its limit, farming in a way that destorys the soil and not allowing the soil to absorb what rainfall does fall.  All of this combined it allowing the desert to expand into the Sahel area.  There are ways to stop some of what is going on, like the article states in Nigeria they are changing how the people farm, by leaving the tress in place that hold the soil and allow it to retain the rain that does fall is just one example.  This area needs more than money thrown at it inorder to survive.  People have to be taught how to use the area in a way that will both sustain them and still keep the area arable.