volcano...activities

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Contents: All Activities and Investigations

Volcanoe Activities
Activity 1 
Activity 2
Activity 3 
Activity 4 
Activity 5 
Activity 6 
Activity 7 
Students are challenged to develop a screenplay or story, set within the community, which would help audiences understand volcanoes, volcanic hazards, and how volcanoes fit into the Earth system.

Students will:

Activity 1  -- Where are the Volcanoes?
To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:

1.  Volcanoes Beneath the Sea

2.  Volcanoes on Land 3.  Ring of Fire 4.  Volcanoes Formed by Rifting on the Continents 5.  Volcanoes at Hot Spots 6.  Map Projections


To complete the investigation, each student group will need:

  • US Geological Survey map: This Dynamic Planet 

  • To complete the Inquiring Further section of this activity:

    To learn more about historical eruptions nearest to your community, visit the following web site:

    • Volcano World's list of historically active volcanoes 

    • (http://volcano.und.nodak.edu/vwdocs/current_volcs/current.html) 
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    Activity 2  --  Volcanic Landforms
    To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:
    1. Topographic Maps 2. Magma Composition 3. Types of Volcanic Landforms
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    Activity 3  --  Volcanic Hazards: Flows

    To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:
    1. Lava 2. Pyroclastic Flows 3. Lahar


    To complete the Inquiring Further section of this activity:

    To learn more about how lava flows affect the biosphere, visit the following web sites:
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    Activity 4 -- Volcanic Hazards: Airborne Debris
    To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:

    1. Particle Types 2. Distribution and Hazards of Volcanic Ash 3. Volcanic Explosivity Index To complete the investigation, each student group will need:
    To complete the Inquiring Further section of this activity:
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    Activity 5  --  Volcanoes and the Atmosphere
    To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:

    1. Volcanic Gases 2. Volcanoes and Climate Change
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    Activity 6  --  Volcanic History of Your Community
    To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:
    1. Igneous Rocks 2. Types of Volcanic Rocks


    To complete the Inquiring Further section of this activity:

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    Activity 7  --  Monitoring Active Volcanoes
    To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:

    1. Volcano Monitoring To complete the Inquiring Further section of this activity:
    Video: Perilous Beauty, The Hidden Dangers of Mount Rainier, US Geological Survey (call 1-800-436-3282)
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    Resources:

    Web Sites:

    Maps: Videos: Books: Magazines:

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