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Hurricanes, one of the most devastating natural disasters, are actually a compilation of chain reactions which, to many people's surprises, the human race can affect. What many people don't know is that a hurricane can be affected by very, very decimal factors; something as small as a grain of sand. These small factors could make all the difference to the outcome of the severity of a hurricane. In fact, they have noticeable influence on the subjects hurricanes can affect, most importantly the ecosystem.

Hurricanes and the BIOSPHERE: Hurricanes have devastating effects on life and the state of living. They can destroy and contaminate large amounts of plant life, homes, and habitats. They are also capable of human and animal fatality.

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How can We Make a Diffrence?

This video gives an excellent visual for the movement of thermal energy and the unseen mechanics of the atmosphere; All of which have major influence on hurricanes.

This video gives a good visual of the makeup of hurricanes and how they occur.

Hurricanes and the ATMOSPHERE: Hurricanes are most greatly influenced by and most greatly affect the atmosphere. The fires, substance leaks, and floods caused by a hurricane can cause CO2 to be released into the air. High winds speeds can also cause massive destruction and collateral damage.

Hurricanes and the HYDROSPHERE: The hydrosphere fuels a hurricane. Without rising water vapor, a hurricane cannot exist. Hurricanes affect flooding and can cause salt water bodies to contaminate freshwater bodies, making it difficult to supply drinking water and destroying habitats.

Something as insignificant as "1 degree" can increase a hurricane's potential destruction by 60 %, imagine what even a simple 2 degree temperature increase could do. We already see the changes and effects of global warming and greenhouse gases have on the earth, and if it continues, hurricanes can only get worse. More erosion, contamination of water, and damage could occur. Since hurricanes are an act of nature, we can't do a lot to stop them, but we could decrease the potential destruction.

Hurricanes and the LITHOSPHERE: Hurricanes can uproot plant species, greatly decreasing biodiversity. Unrooted plants and high wind levels will greatly increase the level of erosion.

In order to reverse the effects of hurricanes, we could decrease the amounts of greenhouse gases by recycling, using less heat, using less hot water, etc. Those gases stay up in the atmosphere for a while and have a longer affect. Activities like burning of fossil fuels and the clearing of forests increase the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. CO2 and other heat-trapping gases create a blanket that insulates heat, warming the land and ocean. This then leads to an increase in evaporation.


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