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        Hurricane Matthew Causes Weathering and Erosion

        Observe the visible effects of rapid weathering and erosion caused by Hurricane Matthew in this series of before and after images. Students can observe evidence of the effects of rapid weathering and erosion on land caused by powerful waves, wind, and heavy rainfall due to a strong hurricane. In early October 2016, Hurricane Matthew moved through parts of the Caribbean and up along the southeastern coast of the United States. Clear examples of erosion are visible in its wake in these before and after aerial photographs of Florida’s coastline, courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and in NASA satellite images of a river in Haiti.

        To view the Background Essay, Student Handouts, and Teaching Tips for this media gallery, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.

        Hurricane Matthew Creates New Inlet near St. Augustine

        These before and after USGS images show Hurricane Matthew’s impact as a larger volume of water in waves carried away lots of sand and created this inlet between the Atlantic and the Matanzas River near St. Augustine, FL.

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        Hurricane Matthew Destruction in Flagler Beach

        These before and after USGS aerial views show where strong waves caused by Hurricane Matthew washed away a sand dune and part of a highway in Flagler Beach, FL.

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        Hurricane Matthew Destruction in Vilano Beach

        These before and after USGS aerial views show where the storm surge from Hurricane Matthew washed away a sand dune and boardwalks, exposing part of a seawall, in Vilano Beach, FL.

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        Hurricane Matthew Rapid Weathering and Erosion in Haiti

        Hurricane Matthew’s effects in Haiti are visible in this video of before and after NASA satellite images that show large amounts of sediment being washed into a bay and significant areas where vegetation has been stripped away, exposing bare land.

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