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Factors of Earthquake Destruction

 

The power of geologic forces is never more evident than during earthquakes. These seismic events cause massive destruction. This video examines four earthquake events and compares the factors that contributed to the death and destruction resulting from each earthquake.

 

Mass Wasting: La Conchita

 

The power of geologic forces is never more evident than during earthquakes. These seismic events cause massive destruction. This video examines four earthquake events and compares the factors that contributed to the death and destruction resulting from each earthquake.

 

The Perfect Flood

Floods are nature’s way of replenishing soil and sediments in low-lying areas along waterways. Efforts to protect towns and developments by controlling floods can sometimes backfire. When events in nature conspired to produce “The Perfect Flood” in 1993, it overwhelmed all attempts at flood control, leaving violence and destruction in its wake.

 

 Geysers

Like the dancing waters of a Las Vegas fountain, geysers fascinate us. In this video, Jacob Lowenstern, USGS Scientist-in-Charge for Yellowstone National Park, provides a brief overview of the geologic process that produces geysers.