Spring 2015 Edition: Earthquakes…And tornadoes…And floods…

Geocognition research into how people make decisions about the planet could save lives. Although many people may not realize it, the geosciences are vitally important to our society – for examples, geoscientists find the precious metals that we need for modern technology, find clean water and identify sources of water contamination, predict the impacts of climate change from coastal communities to the high mountains, and investigate the myriad natural hazards that exist on the planet. If only the geosciences were a bigger part of our high school curriculum…perhaps people would have a better understanding of what to do during and after an earthquake, a tornado, or a flash flood. These natural hazards can be dangerous, but good decision-making can make the difference between life and death.

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