Humans and the Environment - Making an Impact
By: Jack Gareis
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in 1989
On March 4, 1989 an Exxon Valdez tanker crashed into a reef in Alaska's Prince Williams Sound. The tanker ruptured it's hull and spilled 11 million gallons of oil. In result of the oil spill it injured multiple types plants and animals. It effected multiple types of birds and otters, it also affected many killer whales and they still have not recovered.
Acid rain is any form of precipitation with acidic components which can include rain, snow, fog, hail, and dust. Acid rain is caused when pollution is transported by wind and air currents which then react with oxygen and water to form acids. The things that cause the most pollution is burning fossil fuels, vehicles and heavy equipment, and manufacturing, oil refineries and other industries. Acid rain affects animals and plants by turning lakes acidic, and it destroys some materials buildings are made out of.
Shrinking of the Aral Sea
The Aral Sea once was the 4th largest salt lake in the world until the 1960s when the Soviet Union decided to divert the rivers that led to it for cotton farming. By 2006 there was a drastic change in the amount of water.
The Ring of Fire
The Ring of Fire is a string of volcanoes and sites of seismic activity, or earthquakes, around the edges of the Pacific Ocean. Roughly 90% of all earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire, and the ring is dotted with 75% of all active volcanoes on Earth.
Hurricane Hugo was classified as a Category 3 hurricane as it approached Charleston from Puerto Rico in late September 1989, but intensified to a Category 4 storm before making landfall at Sullivan's Island, S.C. It's winds were as fast as 160 mph. The hurricane caused over 50 deaths and 8 billion dollars of damage.
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Public - 10/7/16, 5:06 PM