National Geographic Features
Forces of Nature
The simulators, 3-D models, images, animations, data, and diagrams in this Web site help audiences understand the science behind the earth’s most violent natural events.
Drawing on the rich resources and expertise of National Geographic, this companion site to the IMAX film of the same name dissects the causes of volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes. A lab section for each force of nature utilizes 3-D models, illustrations, animations, and diagrams to explore where each phenomenon occurs, what causes them, and how they are measured or classified. At the end of each lab a special interactive lets visitors control the variables that cause each force in order to create their own volcanos, tornados, hurricanes, or earthquakes. Visitors can view images from historical examples in the case studies section and plot when and where they occurred in the map feature.
Press & AwardsFlash in the Can, Finalist, Educational, 2005Webby Awards, People’s Voice Winner, Science, 2005STEP 100 Design Annual, 2005HOW, Interactive Design Annual, Outstanding, Consumer Web Sites, 2005
Forces of Nature strikes the perfect balance between the two most common kinds of science websites; highlights include a 3D flythrough of the San Andreas fault and the site’s pared-down, intuitive navigation.Communication Arts, Interactive Design Annual, Winner, Information, 2005
The layout is clean and well considered. There was no sensation of information overload, and the payoff was being able to interact with the ‘forces of nature’ that the site was endeavoring to explain.Print, Digital Design Annual, Winner, Education, 2005
From the initial main page navigation to the interactive maps and modules, National Geographic’s natural disaster info site is a wealth of smartly positioned content and educational resources.Communication Arts, Web Watch, Sue Garibaldi, December 2004
Just one more in a long line of successful, experiential sites from National Geographic.Communication Arts, Site of the Week, October 4, 2004Yahoo!, Pick of the Day, September 20, 2004
Go inside the eye of a hurricane with this fantastic 3D primer and uncover Ivan’s terrible secrets, as well as the science behind other natural disasters. From volcanic geysers and ‘nation building’ in the Pacific, to tornado alley and terrifying temblors in Asia, the forces of nature are a nearly unpredictable brew of meteorological and geologic events.Macromedia, Site of the Day, September 17, 2004“How to Make Your Own Natural Disaster,” Christian Science Monitor, Jim Regan, August 11, 2004
National Geographic’s Forces of Nature takes an interactive look at some of the planet’s less endearing atmospheric and geologic attributes, and even lets visitors try their own hand at unleashing Nature’s fury. Using a Flash interface and a generous allotment of multi-media, Forces has no trouble keeping the information intelligible and the presentation engaging.
- Jeremy Clark
- JD Hooge
- David Brewer, Thomas Wester
- 3-D Visualization
- Matt Arnold
- Martin Linde
- A/V Editing & Production
- David Waingarten
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