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Event-Based Science is a new way to teach middle school science. It is an award-winning, standards-based program in which newsworthy events establish the relevance of science topics; authentic tasks create the need-to-know more about those topics; and lively interviews, photographs, Web pages, and inquiry-based science activities create a desire to know more about those topics.

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Flood!Flood! is an Event-Based Science module about stream dynamics. It uses the Great Flood of 1993 to establish the context for exploring concepts related to streams and their eroding force. The task in Flood! places students in the roles of developers of River National Park. Students will acquire then use their knowledge of erosion and deposition, the features of streams and rivers of different ages, and map-reading skills to design a new park. The park, along the St. Joe River in Idaho, will demonstrate to the lay-public the dynamic force of a wild river.

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As with all Event-Based Science modules, much of the information that students need is provided in the pages of Flood!. However, more information is needed. Information about current floods will add to the authenticity of your study. Information about the area around the St. Joe will also add to the authenticity of their products.

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Flood! has two remote-sensing activities sponsored by NASA.

USGS Posts Streamflow Data Every Three Hours

If you and your students are looking for near-real-time streamflow data. you will find it here. An interactive map of the United States allows you to click on a state to study its streams, then to click on a stream to see data going back 20 years or more.

Flood! Resources

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Below are some World-Wide Web sites where additional information is available. Click on the highlighted words and be linked with helpful sites.

Links to Flood! related WEB Sites
(Links are checked monthly. They were working on the day of the last update.)

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  • Tsunami! is hosted and maintained at the University of Washington by the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. The website is dedicated to providing general information about tsunamis, their causes and history as well as what to do in case of a tsunami. Tsunami! is currently undergoing renovation.
  • Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Check this NOAA website to see current tsunami warnings if there are any. Information is also available on all warnings posted during the last 30 days.
  • 1993 Midwest Floods Images show flooding in the area around St Louis, Missouri in July and August 1993. The images were produced by the Institute for Technology Development/Space Remote Sensing Center (ITD/SRSC). The resolution is 100 meters/pixel. The broad blue areas, derived from ERS-1 radar data, show the extent of the flooding and are overlaid on an older SPOT image to delineate the rivers under normal circumstances.


  • Current Flood Warnings This site posts all severe weather warnings that are currently in effect throughout the United States. The page includes warnings for flash floods and other types of floods.
  • Real-time Water Data This USGS site has a map of the U.S. that will give near-real-time streamflow data. you will find it here. An interactive map of the United States allows you to click on a state to study its streams, then to click on a stream to see data going back 20 years or more.
  • St. Joe River Data This link takes you directly to the latest streamflow data for the St. Joe River. It includes both historical and current data.
  • U.S. Census Bureau Maps and population information. At this site you may search for information about northern Idaho.
  • The Coeur d'Alene Community Home Page Information about a community on the St. Joe River that is downstream from the park you are designing.

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  • NCDC Climate Visualization This is a great site that allows students to graph and download data from the World's Weather Data Archive. As you work to complete the Flood! task, you might want to plot real weather data for Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. This site will give you graphs of daily precipitation and other weather measurements for Coeur D'Alene for any year from January 1949, through November 1953. The year-to-year comparisons that an analysis of these graphs will allow, will add greatly to your understanding of seasonal flooding, and will provide a nice historical display for the Visitors Center in the National Park you are designing.
  • Idaho Current Streamflow Conditions Select a station number to view graphs and other data for the station.
  • Kellick Creek Flash Flood 10th Feb 2007

Video of the Toowoomba Flood January 2011

A Victim of 2011 Mississippi River flooding speaks out on CBS News (Video begins with short commercial.)

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