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Answer each discussion question in approximately 150 words. "Natural Hazards" 1. Access the “USGS Hazards” website under the Natural Hazards terms section of the Science Corner. You can also access the website at 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. 2. 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 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. 3. 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.
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Natural Hazards


Natural hazards

Landslides are a phenomenon experienced when large masses of earth or rocks
disintegrate and slide down a hill or a cliff. They are majorly experienced during the rainy
seasons when the flowing water catalyzes the disintegration of already weak areas of the earth or
the rocks that have been discharged from where they were strongly embedded. The following
causes have been attributed to the occurrence of the said class of disasters with a commentary on
how the effects realized after that may be mitigated to avoid catastrophes.
The primary factors that inform whether an area is vulnerable to landslides include the
angle with which the area tilts with regards to the slopes. The steeper the slope angle, the more
likely the area is inclined to experience landslides (Borgomeo et al, 2014). Further, the weather
patterns, water content, and climates of an area are likely to dictate the likelihood of a landslide.
Areas that are prone to flash floods stand a greater risk of landslides than the other regions.
Finally, aspects such as vegetation, d...

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