Rapid Changes to Earth's Surface

Minutes, hours, days


When an area has heavy rain and the ground is saturated and more rain happens GRAVITY pulls the soil down and erosion occurs, then the land is deposited in a new location sometimes blocking roadways


Tsunamis are huge ocean waves that usually occur after an earthquake.

Tsunamis can cause massive flooding and destruction.

Japan Earthquake: Helicopter aerial view video of giant tsunami waves


Hurricanes can result in the erosion of beaches.

Look at the beach before and after the hurricane.

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Earthquakes are usually caused when rock underground suddenly breaks

along a fault. Earthquakes result in a sudden release of energy which causes the ground to


Earthquakes 101


Volcanic eruptions occur only in certain places, usually along the edge of plates.

Volcanic eruptions result in the formation of new land including some islands in the ocean.

The new land is very fertile and rich in nutrients.

CSAV Hawaii: Archival Kilauea Volcano Eruption