UNITED STATES The damaged California dam is in the spotlight now, but it’s not alone among the facilities needing upgrades. (Nat Geo News) Why do we have dams? Use our resources to better understand. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Nat Geo News reports that there are more than 80,000 … Continue reading What’s Happening at the Oroville Dam?
ENVIRONMENT Storms battered the Southern Plains, as far east as Florida and as far south as Mexico, resulting in deadly floods, a rush of tornadoes, and gale-force winds. (CNN) Use our activity to create your own weather map, and take a look at our own with today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas … Continue reading Storms Sweep through the Southern Plains
WORLD Landslides and flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains have killed nearly 300 people in large swaths of northern India and Pakistan, officials say. (Associated Press) Use our resources to learn more about monsoons. Discussion Ideas Read through our encyclopedic entry on monsoons. According to our entry, monsoons always blow from cooler to warmer regions. Where are the winds of southern Asia’s devastating monsoon … Continue reading Monsoon Floods Kill Hundreds
UNITED STATES Unfinished FEMA Maps Put Flood Victims In Limbo Superstorm Sandy pummeled the East Coast six months ago, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was there, finding people temporary shelter and supporting rebuilding efforts. FEMA also has another role. It oversees the creation of flood maps, which model the risk of flooding in different areas during storms. These maps are used to set … Continue reading Unfinished FEMA Maps Put Flood Victims In Limbo
Monsoonal flooding this October has led to serious mayhem throughout the country of Thailand. Bangkok, Thailand’s capitol and beating heart, is currently under threat of drowning in the overflow of the Chao Phraya River, which runs alongside the city (the photo of the teenage boys in this river was taken by me in June, 2011). Bangkok, a low-elevation city that is a bulls-eye for flood … Continue reading Monday Funday Photo of the Week: Thailand