Large rocks on the desert floor in California’s Death Valley have puzzled miners and scientists for years. These heavy rocks have long winding trails in the sand behind them but no one had ever seen the rocks move. For the last 60 years scientists have searched for answers but now with the use of GPS and video cameras they have solved the mystery. Listen to this public radio story to engage your student in the mystery and the science behind the moving rocks.
In the last century the coastline of Louisiana’s Lower Mississippi Delta has experienced an enormous loss of land. From man made levees, to hurricanes, to oil spills the coastline and it’s communities have been negatively affected. In today’s public radio story as we hear from a fishing guide who has lived and worked in the area for 34 years. Listen to learn more about the societal impact of coastal erosion.
A month ago, earthquakes below a volcano in Iceland alerted scientists that an eruption was beginning. Ash, fire and lava continue to spout from the Bardarbunga volcano. Use this story, with its sounds of the lava fields, to discuss the science behind volcanos and the risks that this continuous eruption poses for the surrounding community.
The website that teaches students to listen with the power of public radio, Listen Current has featured two current events stories about water. The stories explore the ways in which water is controlled by the government and affected by instability. Access the audio files and lesson plans at the Listen Current website (you can register for a free account to access all teaching materials).