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Vocabulaire: natural catastrophes...
We know that the history of our planet was a succession of glaciations, warming-ups, eruptions and several chaotic periods... till it reached a "balance" that we think and hope is well-assured, but which is, in fact, very fragile.
From time to time, natural catastrophes threaten this balance somewhere in the globe, or anywhere in fact... These catastrophes always have a meteorological or geological origin... most often caused or aggravated by the clumsy interventions of generations of human beings... They touch: air, water, earth, and fire...
1) "Water, water everywhere..." (S. T. Coleridge) Water, coming from the sky or from the oceans... an important element!
|Clouds and drizzle||Pouring rain||A downpour|
|A (thunder)storm||A tornado (a twister)|
The eye of the cyclone
|A flood||A hurricane||A storm at sea|
2) As the drawing below shows it, our earth was made of very unstable plates, some of which are at the bottom of the seas and oceans ... Their movements lead to very diverse phenomena, at the surface of the globe, causing hundreds, or even thousands of victims...
An earthquake (here in a city)
A quake destroying roads and bridge
Houses of cards swept away
A tsunami (live)
3) FIRE and ICE...
"The climate is changing" ... "The greenhouse effect causes global warming..." We can hear these words again and again, without believing them really, and without wanting to make an effort to take them into account... The results? You can see them above and some others below...
|A heat wave||Drought||Fire|
An eruption and a lava flow
|Black ice||An avalanche|
This splendid picture shows a volcanic eruption, which really looks like fireworks...
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