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With its varied climate and diverse cultural influences, California boasts a range of natural wonders and architectural masterpieces.
Earthquakes of the New Century
Earthquakes of the New Century(8 Photos)
Get the facts on the deadliest earthquakes to rattle the planet since the year 2000.
Science of Earthquakes
Science of EarthquakesVideo Clip (2:32)
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Over a million earthquakes occur every year, but most happen in remote areas and on the ocean floor. Find out what causes earthquakes, and how they are monitored. With Dr. Maya Tolstoy of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University.
Mega Disasters: San Francisco Earthquake
Mega Disasters: San Francisco EarthquakeVideo Clip (2:15)
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Multiple fault lines that run through California put San Francisco at risk for a catastrophic earthquake.
Deconstructing History: Golden Gate Bridge
Deconstructing History: Golden Gate BridgeVideo Clip (3:23)
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Get the facts about one of the world's most beautiful bridges.
Gold RushVideo Clip (2:37)
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Discover how the Gold Rush led to the creation of California.
San Francisco Cable Cars
San Francisco Cable CarsVideo Clip (2:18)
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Engineers developed cable cars as a pain-free way to navigate San Francisco's 43 grueling hills.
Earthquake in the Heartland
Earthquake in the HeartlandVideo Clip (2:31)
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Mega Disasters takes a look at how bad the ripple effect could be if an earthquake were to happen in Memphis, TN. If the seismic pressure were severe, states across the country could be in turmoil.
Mega Disasters: California Katrina
Mega Disasters: California KatrinaVideo Clip (2:42)
Video Clip (2:42)
If snow from the Sierra Mountain peaks were to melt a surge of water could engulf California.
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