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Volcano Homework Assignment
Steven Jaume, College of Charleston
This assignment includes rank ordering lava flow data from Hawaii and using it to predict repeat times of lava flow areas. This and similar quantitative assignments emphasize power law frequency-magnitude ...

Threat of Flank Collapse at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii: Case Example
Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Students evaluate fault and earthquake data plus focal mechanism solutions, and develop a picture of on-going deformation of the south flank of Kilauea Volcano that might one day transition to catastrophic flank ...

What Kind of Continental Margin am I? Active or Passive?
Laura Wetzel, Eckerd College; Cindy Palinkas, University of Maryland-College Park; Karen Bemis, Rutgers University-New Brunswick; John McDaris, Carleton College
Volcanoes, earthquakes, and topography reveal whether a continental margin is active or passive. In this activity, students use the GeoMapApp tool to work with earthquake, volcano, and topographic data to identify ...

Variation Diagrams and the Evolution of Thingmuli Lavas, Iceland
Jeff Tepper, University of Puget Sound
In this problem set students are provided with an EXCEL spreadsheet containing major element analyses of lavas frm Thingmuli Volcano in Iceland. They are asked to construct variation diagrams (Harker plots) and ...

Graphing Chemical Data to Identify Fractional Crystallization
John Brady, Smith College
Students are given major-element, whole-rock chemical analyses from ten samples of lava from the 1868 eruption of Mauna Loa. They do not know sequence of eruption, only that the lavas came from the same volcano. ...

Enthalpy of Magmatic Crystallization
John Brady, Smith College
This is a problem set that gets students to think quantitatively about magmas. To be most effective, it should be done in conjunction with a showing of some or all (I recommend some...) of the movie ...

Volcanic Histories
Robert Filson, Green River Community College
Students collaborate on the history and hazards of two volcanoes based on deposits from the two mountains. Appropriate for introductory students.

HMK 1_Plate Boundaries: Present, future, & past
Brian Hampton, Michigan State University;
This project builds on in-class exercises and lectures by having students learn to identify modern, future, and past plate boundaries. Students will use trends in topography, distribution of earth quake and ...

Analytical and Numerical Insight into Lava Flows and Cinder Cones on Earth, Mars and Venus
Eric Grosfils, Pomona College
This three part exercise introduces students to comparative planetary geology using volcanology as the subject and both analytical and (for visualization of cone-building processes) numerical methods. Material ...


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