Wednesday Word of the Week: Harbor

Harbor (HAR-bur) [Physical Geography]
Noun. A harbor is a body of water sheltered by natural or artificial barriers. Harbors can provide safe anchorage and permit the transfer of cargo and passengers between ships and the shore. A harbor is deep enough to keep ships from touching bottom and should give ships and boats enough room to turn and pass each other.

2011-12-01_1254293.JPGMost harbors are natural. They are located along many types of coastline. They occur in fjords, coves, and lagoons. They also occur along lakeshores and in estuaries, where rivers empty into larger bodies of water. The harbors in North America’s Great Lakes, including Toronto, Canada (Lake Ontario), and Chicago, Illinois (Lake Michigan), remain some of the busiest for industrial ship traffic. Iron, steel, and timber are some of the raw materials shipped from manufacturing sites in the U.S. and Canada. (National Geographic Education)

2011-11-29_119428_places.JPGHarbors are also the home to naval bases all around the world. In the spirit of remembrance, this Wednesday word of the week aligns with the anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor that took place 70 years ago today.  National Geographic Education has released a collection of Pearl Harbor related teacher resources to commemorate this tragic day in history. The highlight of the collection is a newly released interactive attack map that brings the past back to life with hands-on student engagement. The collection also includes a timeline of Pearl Harbor events, a complete list of Pearl Harbor ships and planes, and a spotlight on Pearl Harbor photo gallery.

2011-01-25_1017859.JPGPhoto Credits: Elisabetta Bastai (Your Shot), Janet Kotwas (Your Shot) & Heber Moulton (Your Shot)
–Julia from My Wonderful World

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