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Forces of Nature

Thursday, March 17th, 2011 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites, Using The Internet

Forces of Nature


Welcome to National Geographic’s website devoted to the forces of nature. After the earthquake in Japan, and the tsunami it caused, this site seems even more interesting because you learn what these forces of nature are and how they work.


Navigation is divided up between the four forces of nature that the site looks at: Volcanoes, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Tornadoes. No matter which one you click, you’ll be whisked off to the Tornado section. That’s what the application starts off with. Then to navigate to the others, use the pictures at the top of the application (they look like the forces of nature: a tornado, a volcano, a swirl for the hurricane, and a crack for the earthquake (it could also be graph of the seismic activity).


Underneath the images for each section, you’ll find numbers. Click the numbers to navigate through the section you are currently in. For example: the tornado section goes from 1 to 6. Each section explores a different aspect of the force of nature that you are looking at.


The last section in each category is a simulation that creates the force of nature with settings that you choose. For example, when you create an earthquake, you will select the kind of land the building is built on, as well as the magnitude of the earthquake. Then the simulator will show you what would happen with the settings you’ve selected. These were my favorite sections!

You may have noticed on the page you started on that there was more information beneath the forces of nature. If you go back to that page (or you could navigate these first) you’ll find a preview for a forces of nature movie and free lesson plans that you can use to help teach about the forces of nature.


I learned a lot from this site and the simulations it offers – hopefully you will too – check it out today!



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