Natural Hazards

      Catherine Owens ONLY!! Access       the USGS Hazards website under the Natural Hazards terms section of the       Science Corner. You can also access the website at http://www.usgs.gov/natural_hazards/. Choose one (1) of the following geologic hazards:       earthquake, landslide, or flood. Next, determine the key factors that       influence the occurrence of your chosen hazard. Then, analyze the human       role in elevating the risks of occurrence, as well as mitigation       strategies to minimize damage and loss of life. Watch       the video titled “Meet the Volcanoes” (2 min 57 sec) under the       Volcanism terms section of the Science Corner. You can also view the  video at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/meet-volcanoes.html. Next, use the Internet or Strayer Library to  research articles on the Mauna Loa Volcano in Hawaii and Mount Pinatubo       in Philippines. Based on the type (i. e., cinder cone, shield, or       composite) of volcano, and its common eruption characteristics, speculate       on the societal and environmental damages that Mauna Loa and Mount       Pinatubo would cause if they erupted today. Justify your response with       evidence from your research. Describe       three (3) ways that Wegener’s continental drift hypothesis has helped to       shape modern plate tectonic theory, and then explain why his hypothesis       was not widely accepted by his peers when first proposed. Next, analyze       at least two (2) types of evidence used to support plate tectonic theory.