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Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies. Search the Bennies catalogue Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.
Australia's worst disasters by Malcolm Brown
Call Number: 904.994 BRO
Publication Date: 2002
Australia's history has been punctuated by incidents of disaster and tragedy that have shocked us all. Sometimes warning signs were not read (or were ignored); sometimes human error was to blame. These graphic and compelling accounts by veteran journalist Malcolm Brown and other award-winning journalists tell us far more than simply what happened.
Australia's natural disasters by Richard Whitaker
Call Number: 363.340994 WHI
Publication Date: 2006
Tells many stories of the devestation that nature has wreaked on our wild country. From the agonies of droughts and floods to the shocks of earthquakes and bushfires, Australia is a country famed as much for its ferocious natural hazards as for its rich environment.
Natural hazards by David Chapman
Call Number: 363.34 CHA
Publication Date: 1995
In the twentieth century, the disastrous effects of natural hazards have increased, reflecting the substantial growth in world population, the vulnerability of marginal groups, and the mismanagement of the environment. This book provides potential answers to the questions concerning natural disaster preparedness and management.
A tornado is a narrow, violently rotating column of air that extends from the base of a thunderstorm to the ground. Because wind is invisible, it is hard to see a tornado unless it forms a condensation funnel made up of water droplets, dust and debris. Tornadoes are the most violent of all atmospheric storms.
Tornadoes are the most violent storms on Earth, with wind velocities that can exceed 200 miles per hour. How do these terrifying cyclones form? Meteorologist James Spann sheds light on the lifespan of tornadoes as they go from supercell thunderstorms to terrible twisters before eventually dissolving back into thin air.
Tornadoes, nearly three-quarters of which occur within the U.S., are unpredictable and can cause massive damage. New tools and data are helping scientists learn more about when they might form and what paths they might take
Scientists place instruments inside a tornado to learn why one supercell produces tornadoes and another does not. Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Leigh Orf takes a different approach by growing storms that produce EF5 tornadoes in a supercomputer.
The National Geographic magazine website has excellent photographic representations of recent disasters as well as facts, text and video information. Topics include hurricanes, lightning, wildfires, avalanches, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, tsunamis, and volcanoes.
The Guardian newspaper's pages devoted to natural disasters and extreme weather conditions feature current news reports about the world's earthquakes, floods, fires and other weather events. With commentary on related blogs, videos and links to interactives on volcanoes and earthquakes, and features on the 2006 tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, this is a useful resource for the geography classroom.
The Global Education website provides information about natural disasters around the world: whether caused by climate (e.g. drought, flood, cyclone) and geology (e.g. earthquake, volcano, tidal wave, landslide, tsunami) or human impact on the environment (e.g. pollution, deforestation, desertification, pest infestation).
Extreme Weather and Natural Disasters
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Tornadoes, or twisters, as they are sometimes called, can develop during thunderstorms. A tornado is a column of strongly rotating winds that may be shaped like a funnel or a pillar.
Tornadoes are vertical funnels of rapidly spinning air. Their winds may top 250 miles (400 kilometers) an hour and can clear a pathway a mile (1.6 kilometers) wide and 50 miles (80 kilometers) long.
A tornado is defined as a 'violently rotating column of air which is in contact with the ground' (NWS). The word tornado is derived from the Spanish word tornar (to turn) and the Spanish word tronada (thunderstorm).
Bureau of Meterology
A tornado and a twister are different names for the same type of weather event - a violently rotating column of air in contact with land or water.
Tornadoes range in diameter from metres to hundreds of metres - some are even wider than a kilometre - and can last from a few seconds up to half an hour or longer. They have an intense updraught near their centre, which is why they can lift heavy objects such as cars and trees as well as cause enormous damage.