Category Archives: Our Environment

Hurricanes

So far this season, there have been many hurricanes.  Maria, Harvey, and Irma have been the most destructive. These hurricanes have already caused 224 billion dollars in damage. Here in the Abacos we are fortunate that we haven’t been hit that bad. Here are some facts about these destructive beasts:

Here is a photograph of hurricane Irma in the Southern Bahamas.Hurricane Irma in the Bahamas

  • A hurricane is an intense tropical storm with powerful winds and heavy rain.

  • Other names for a hurricane include cyclone, typhoon and tropical storm.
  • While they are essentially the same thing, the different names usually indicate where the storm took place. Tropical storms that form in the Atlantic or Northeast Pacific (near the United States) are called hurricanes, those that form near in the Northwest Pacific (near Japan) are called typhoons and those that form in the South Pacific or Indian oceans are called cyclones.
  • Hurricanes usually form in tropical areas of the world.
  • Hurricanes develop over warm water and use it as an energy source.
  • Hurricanes lose strength as they move over land.
  • Coastal regions are most at danger from hurricanes.
  • As well as violent winds and heavy rain, hurricanes can also create tornadoes, high waves and widespread flooding.
  • Hurricanes are regions of low atmospheric pressure (also known as a depression).
  • The wind flow of hurricanes in the southern hemisphere is clockwise while the wind flow of hurricanes in the northern hemisphere is counterclockwise.
  • Weather in the eye of a hurricane is usually calm.
  • The eye of a hurricane can be anywhere from 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) in diameter to over 200 miles (320 kilometres) but they are usually around 30 miles (48 kilometres).
  • The winds around the eye of a hurricane are usually the strongest.
  • Hurricanes can be tracked by weather satellites and weather radar closer to land.
  • Hurricanes have led to the death of around 2 million people over the last 200 years.
  • The 1970 Bhola Cyclone that struck Bangladesh killed over 300000 people.
  • In 2005 Hurricane Katrina killed over 1800 people in the United States and caused around $80 billion dollars worth of property damage. The city of New Orleans was hit particularly

  • hard with levee breaches leading to around 80% of the city being flooded.

Fact Found From http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/weather/hurricane.html

By: Jack

WARNING! Heatwave!

There is a heat wave here in The Bahamas.  It is going to last for about 4 or 5 more days.  Between the hours of 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., try to stay out of the sun.  You can keep pails or buckets of water in your house to stay cooler. Also, if you have pets try to keep them inside where it is cool.  A few people have already had to go to the clinic from dehydration.  If you need to be outside, wear sunscreen and a hat.  Always keep water with you.  Stay safe.

 

By: Allie and MeredithImage result for heatwave tips

Sea Turtles

When green sea turtles are born they are only 5 cm (2 in) long.When they grow up, they can be up to  1.5 meters (5 ft)   in length and  can weigh over 300 kg (700 lbs)  making   them the largest of the hard shell sea turtles. The dorsal shell of the green turtle, or carapace, is wide, smooth, and brownish-olive in color.

By: Monica

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The Sea Cow

The local manatee, or sea cow, named Randy has been visiting Elbow Cay Harbour, so I though I should tell you a few facts about this marine mammal.

  1.  Did you know that manatees eat 7-15% of their body weight each day?
  2.  The closest relatives to the manatee is the elephant.
  3. Manatees can weigh up to 2,000 pounds!
  4. Manatees have three to four nails on each flipper.
  5. Their brains are smooth.
  6. They have no natural predators.
  7. Manatees are normally slow but they can swim up to 20 mph.
  8. They can live up to 60 years old.
  9. There are four types of manatees:  the West Indian Manatee, the Florida Manatee, the Amazonian Manatee, and the West African Manatee.
  10. Finally,  manatees are nearsighted and can see in blue, green, and gray—but not red!                                                                                                                                                                         By: Jack

Soccer

Soccer League has started back up.  We always have fun when we play soccer. Our coaches Mr.Pete and Mr. Neil are the best, they always help when needed.  Soccer is one of my favorite sports. Every Monday is our practice.  Soccer is very fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

BY;DEVON

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The Beautiful Garden

At Hope Town School we have such a beautiful garden . We grow things such as tomatoes, lettuce, radish, carrots, kale and sour oranges. When we have functions at school our food usually comes from our garden . We take care of all of our plants in our garden. That’s why every thing that comes out of there taste so good .

Our garden is most likely to be the most gorgeous thing in Hope Town! It’s not that big and not that small, it’s just the right size for our small school. I think we are lucky, because we’re the only school in Abaco that has a garden . Our salads are so tasty, our pasta oh you will want more!

BY :DAVONYA MOSS

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Hope Town School Garden

The beautiful garden at Hope Town School, the children

love it and think it’s so cool. The garden is so green

with all of its creatures, all with interesting types of

features.

Kale so pale when it sprouts out of the ground, it does not

have a shape and it’s definetly not round. Purple and green

sometimes it’s the best thing I’ve ever seen!

Seagrapes are green when they’re not perfectly ripe,

but when they’re purple they’re all right!

Carrots not yet orange, sleeping underground,

with the caterpillers and worms squirming around.

Mushrooms orange, white, and brown, you should

watch your step cause they’re ready to bound.

Tomatoes so tasty and red, all sprouting up from their beds.

Sour Oranges so orange and bright, it tastes so sour

when you take a bite.

The garden so beautiful and so frail. With all of it’s vegetables

such as kale. Flowers and fruits with all of their roots

nestling in the ground, in the little village of Hope Town.

Journey, Ryleigh, Luke

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PROTECTING OUR OCEAN LIFE

Protecting Our Ocean Life

The reason why I wrote this story is because our ocean life gets hurt everyday. It distresses me to see our ocean life be destroyed. In the movie dolphin tale 1&2 , a little girl saw a dolphin who needed help. The little girl got her mom to figure out what to do.

When I saw the movie I was heart broken, because the dolphin got seriously injured. I showed my cousin and she said, that we should do something about it. I was very happy, because once we put our minds to something we never quit.

So right now I am trying to inspire people to help save Winter the dolphin. My cousin and I are really trying to get people to get involved, with the goal of saving and protecting all marine life. I hope you are as interested as I am to save the dolphins. Imagine if you were inured, you would want a lot of people to help you get back to your old self.

By Harmony Bain