"We Need All the Assistance You Have..."
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This page first made public: May 27, 2018
This exercise provides a basic introduction to volcanic hazards. Students learn about different types of volcanic hazards through researching examples from Alaskan eruptions. They also group the hazards as proximal and distal to consider how emergency response plans might differ. A recording of the KLM flight 867 flight that lost power to all four engines when it flew into an ash cloud from a 1989 Mt Redoubt eruption provides a compelling example of risk from volcanoes. (Note: the plane was ultimately able to regain enough power to land safely in Anchorage.) Students learn about the Volcano Hazards Alert-Notification System for both ground-based and aviation applications.
Disciplinary Core Ideas
Earth and Human Activity: MS-ESS3-2, HS-ESS3-1
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
Learners will be able to:
- Correctly define a dozen different volcanic hazards
- Research eruptions (mostly from Alaskan volcanoes) that exhibited different volcanic hazards
- Classify volcanic hazards into proximal and distal
- Describe levels in the Aviation and Ground-based Volcano Hazards Alert-Notificaton System
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Other skills goals for this activity
Description and Teaching Materials
See attached file for educator notes, Alaskan Science Standard alignment, links to supporting resources, student exercises, and answer keys. This activity is one part of Chapter 5 in the book Alaska Volcanoes Guidebook for Teachers.
- We Need All the Assistance You Have..." Activity (Acrobat (PDF) 1001kB May27 18)
- Flight Recording from KLM 867 as it flew into an ash cloud in 1989 (PowerPoint 999kB May27 18) - This short recording provides a vivid example of the dangers volcanic ash clouds pose for aircraft. (Note: the flight ultimately made an safe emergency landing)
- Supporting Presention: Alaska Volcanoes Guidebook for Teachers (Acrobat (PDF) 9.3MB May27 18) - These slides are intended to support the entire Alaska Volcanoes Guidebook for Teachers. Elements of the presentation could be delivered by the instructor or it could be given to the students as an information source for their research on Alaskan eruptions and volcanic hazards.
Teaching Notes and Tips
The student exercise serves as the assessment for the activity. The questions have clearly correct answers and an answer key is provided.
References and Resources
- Alaska Volcano Observatory - Volcanoes in Alaska, monitoring information, pictures, and more
- USGS Volcanoes Hazards Program - Volcanoes in USA, monitoring information, pictures, and more
- The activity was presented as part of the EarthScope ANGLE Educator Workshops.
- Contact ANGLE with questions or comments.