The Sleeping Mountain
This material was originally created for Starting Point:Introductory Geology
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.
In this role-playing scenario, students represent townspeople whose lives and livelihoods are endangered by an active volcano that may or may not erupt in the near future. They must debate whether to invest in or to abandon their town. The site outlines the roles and includes a description of the original, real volcano that inspired the scenario, Mammoth Mountain in California, with a list of links. Before the debate, the students must research monitoring volcano activity and write a paper about it.
- Examine methods used to monitor volcanoes.
- Evaluate the risks of volcanic activity in a fictitious setting
- Experience the ways in which volcanoes affect the lives of the people living near them.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
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References and Resources
An interesting counterpoint to the links about the geologic hazard at Mammoth Mountain provided in the Sleeping Mountain Scenario are these optimistic tourist-business sites. Understandably, none of them mention the active volcano under the resort.
Other approaches to role-playing that involve volcanoes are: