Volcanoes of Central America
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This page first made public: May 13, 2009
Interactively plot volcano locations on a vivid topographic and bathymetric basemap to evaluate right-stepping offsets of the volcanic front of an active arc, Central America.
- Exploration of data
- Tool use (GeoMappApp)
- Recognition of volcanoes using GeoMapApp
- Identify patterns (what does the volcanic front look like?)
- Filtering of data using symbols, colors and changes in scale - deciding what data are critical to the question at hand
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Volcanoes of Central America mini lesson (Microsoft Word 331kB Sep17 09)
Smithsonian List of Volcanoes (Excel 21kB Sep17 09)
Central American Vents in 2008 (Excel 152kB May8 09)
Teaching Notes and Tips
Problem 1: Can identify two or three right stepping offsets and realize that the raw topography works best, after using the vent data to learn to identify the volcanos.
Problem 2: Vent locations show no evidence of volcanic centers or clusters but the profile tool shows the centers quite well.
References and Resources
This site also has a virtual field trip to the volcanoes.