About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our High School Physical Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about various hazards to coastlines. There is no faster or easier way to learn about coastal hazards. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the ways in which coastal erosion, weather and deposition affect shorelines.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a physical science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a coastal hazards unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Coastal Hazards Unit Objectives:
- Learn the causes of tsunamis and describe their effects on coastal areas.
- Explain how deposition affects the shoreline.
- Study wave-cut platforms, marine terraces and other effects of coastal erosion on shorelines.
- Discover how to use hard stabilization such as breakwaters and seawalls on shoreline areas.
- Define a hurricane and explain how it forms.
- Find out about alternatives to hard stabilization.
1. What Is a Hurricane? - Definition and Formation
Hurricanes are powerful storms with sustained winds over 74 miles per hour. They form over warm ocean waters. Learn facts about hurricanes, including how they form, why they rotate and how they get stronger.
2. Hurricanes: Categories and Effects
Hurricanes are strong storms with sustained winds of more than 74 mph. There are 5 categories based on wind speed, with a Category 1 hurricane creating the least damage and a Category 5 creating the most. Learn about hurricanes and their destruction.
3. The Causes & Effects of a Tsunami
A tsunami is a powerful series of waves that result due to an abrupt disturbance, such as an earthquake. Learn how tsunamis form and grow and discover the devastating effects they can have on people and the environment.
4. The Effects of Coastal Erosion on Shoreline Features
Shorelines constantly change due to the pounding of waves that erode coastal structures. Learn about shoreline features that are formed through coastal erosion, such as wave-cut cliffs, wave-cut platforms, sea arches and sea stacks.
5. The Effects of Deposition on Shoreline Features
Shorelines constantly change due to the depositing of sand and sediment, which is a process known as deposition. Learn about shoreline features that are created by deposition, such as spits, baymouth bars, tombolos and barrier islands.
6. Using Hard Stabilization on Shorelines
Shorelines erode under the force of waves. This changes beaches and can result in property damage. Learn about hard stabilization structures, such as groins, breakwaters and sea walls and how they are used to protect against erosion.
7. Alternatives to Hard Stabilization: Beach Nourishment & Relocation
Coastal areas are subject to erosion from waves and wind. Hard stabilization slows erosion but disturbs the aesthetic beauty of the shore and alters the natural ecosystem. Learn here about alternatives, including beach nourishment and relocation.
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