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The Sleeping Mountain
In this role-playing scenario, students represent townspeople whose lives and livelihoods are endangered by an active volcano which may or may not erupt in the near future. -
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Volcanic Ejecta from Sunset Crater
Students are provided with equations and geological data to estimate the velocities and impact effects of volcanic bombs that were ejected during the last eruption of Sunset Crater, a young cinder cone volcano in ...
Volcanoes Writing Assignment
Students write an original work of fiction pertaining to the geology of stratovolcanoes and their eruptive hazards.
VEPP: Volcanic activity and monitoring of Pu`u `O`o, Kilauea volcano, Hawaii
This is an exercise that is in development and will not be tested until Fall 2010 or Spring 2011. Please check regularly for updates and changes. Brief three-line description of the activity or assignment and its ...
How Does Surface Deformation at an Active Volcano Relate to Pressure and Volume Change in the Magma Chamber?
SSAC Physical Volcanology module. Students build a spreadsheet to examine and apply the Mogi model for horizontal and vertical surface displacement vs. depth and pressure conditions in the magma chamber.
Reducing Volcanic Hazards to People and Property - An Assignment with Electronic Peer Review
This electronic peer review exercise has students discuss the major volcanic hazards and risks to humans. -
Mentos and soda eruptions- lessons on explosive volcanic eruptions
Students participate in a popular experiment with Mentos candies and soda. This helps them learn about the scientific method, gas saturation, bubble nucleation, and explosive volcanic eruptions.
Volcanoes Around the Globe
Undergraduate non-majors use the Arcview geographic information system (GIS) to explore volcanic hazards and the geochemistry of volcanic rocks. Students explore geochemical data from the GEOROC global database and ...
Historical Volcanic Eruptions
Students are asked to individually research and write a paper on a historical volcanic eruption and then are formed into groups to create a 10 minute stand-alone PowerPoint presentation which is shown and discussed ...
How Slab Dip Affects the Location of Volcanoes
Students will plot the locations of earthquakes on the top of subducting slabs to determine slab dip and will then develop hypotheses regarding the relationship between slab dip, the depth of the slab, and volcanic activity on the surface.
Volcanoes of Central America
Volcano distribution and tectonics at a convergent margin: Central American volcanoes
VEPP: Using maps to assess volcanic geologic hazards
This is an exercise that is in development and has not yet been fully tested in the classroom. Please check back regularly for updates and changes. Students will use a combination of topographic and geologic maps ...
VEPP: Working with the VEPP website in an online M.Ed. course
Students explore the VEPP website and complete a two-part problem set in which they work through the ideas presented in an EOS paper regarding eruptions at Kilauea and they try to find a deflation-inflation event ...
VEPP: Monitoring the Pu'u 'Ō'ō Eruption of Kīlauea Volcano Using Geochemical, Deformation and Seismicity Timeseries Data
This is an exercise that is in development and has not yet been fully tested in the classroom. Please check back regularly for updates and changes. Goals of this lab are to: (1) gain background on volcano ...
VEPP: Using the VEPP website in an introductory geology course: an investigation of the July 21, 2007 eruption of Pu'u O'o
This is an exercise that is in development and has not yet been fully tested in the classroom. Please check back regularly for updates and changes. Introductory geology students will use geologic data obtained ...
VEPP: Using volcano deformation data for lava flow hazard assessment and decision making, Part I: what do the instruments measure?
This is an exercise that is in development and has not yet been fully tested in the classroom. Please check back regularly for updates and changes. Brief three-line description of the activity or assignment and ...
A guided inquiry - Three months in the life of a volcano
THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS - NOT TESTED IN THE CLASSROOM This guided inquiry will investigate the three month phase of activity in the vicinity of Pu`u `O`o and the summit region (June 1, 2007 â August 30, ...
VEPP: Monitoring Pu'u O'o
NOTE: This activity has NOT been attempted yet in class, and therefore still needs significant refinement. It will be updated once it has been developed further. Brief three-line description of the activity or ...
VEPP: Volcano Monitoring and Interpretation of Real-Time Data: A Project for Non-Science Majors
This is an exercise that is in development and has not yet been fully tested in the classroom. Please check back regularly for updates and changes. An ongoing project for small class size comprised of non-science ...
Magma Viscosity Demos
This is an interactive lecture where students answer questions about demonstrations shown in several movie files. They learn to connect what they have learned about molecules, phases of matter, silicate crystal structures, and igneous rock classification with magma viscosity, and to connect magma viscosity with volcano explosiveness and morphology.