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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.