Showing posts with label Volcanoes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Volcanoes. Show all posts

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Volcanoes 101 - Updated

A few years ago National Geographic published a video titled Volcanoes 101. Last month they published a new video with the same name. The new Volcanoes 101 explains the types of volcanoes, their shapes, common locations, and what causes volcanoes to erupt.



On a related note, The BBC has a series of interactive guides that explain how natural disasters are caused. The series of guides is twelve years old, but still includes good information presented in a clear manner for students. Included in this series is a twelve part animated explanation of volcanic eruptions. The series also includes explanations of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

Applications for Education
Volcanoes 101 is the right length and has the right style and pacing to make it an excellent choice for a flipped lesson intended to introduce the big concepts of a lesson about deserts. My go-to tool for making flipped lessons continues to be EDpuzzle. You can learn how to use EDpuzzle by watching the following video.

Friday, September 14, 2012

A National Parks Service Tour of Geology

From Yellowstone to Bryce Canyon to Acadia the United States is full of national parks that showcase wonderful geology. The National Park Service has organized all of the parks and their geological features on one Tour of Park Geology page. The Tour of Park Geology highlights fifteen geological features including fossils, caves, shorelines, and plate tectonics. Click on any feature on the Tour of Park Geology page to jump to more information about that feature and the park(s) that contain that feature.

Applications for Education
The Tour of Park Geology could be a good resource for finding photo albums and examples to use in your geology lessons. You could have students build a virtual national parks tour on Google Maps and have them include geology information in their tours.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Resources About Mount St. Helens 30 Years Later

Today marks the thirtieth anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens. I was reminded of this by Amanda Dykes who shared a link to these satellite images of Mount St. Helens the images chronicle the years 1979 through 2009. You can view the images individually or open them as a slideshow in Google Earth. All of the images are provided by NASA.

CNN has a narrated slideshow in which eyewitnesses and experts discuss the eruption of Mount St. Helens.

National Geographic has three easily accessible resources about the eruption of Mount St. Helens. Lost On Mount St. Helens is a short video about Ralph Killian who lost his son and daughter-in-law in the eruption of Mount St. Helens and spent a year looking for them. Mountain Transformed is a picture gallery chronicling Mount St. Helens from eruption to today. Rebirth of the Blast Zone is an interactive illustration of the life that exists in the 230 square mile blast zone around Mount St. Helens.

The BBC's Bitesize section has an online lesson about volcanoes that includes Mount St. Helens. The lesson is appropriate for elementary school and middle school students.

And take a trip in the time machine and watch a 1980 CBS News report about the eruption of Mount St. Helens.


For some resources and lessons about volcanoes in general see 5 Resources for Learning About Volcanoes.

Monday, April 19, 2010

5 Resources for Learning About Volcanoes

The eruption of the volcano in Iceland may present teachers with an opportunity to combine lessons in science and current events. The list below contains five resources for learning about volcanoes in general. If you're looking for links specifically about the volcano in Iceland, Larry Ferlazzo has a good list going.

Volcano Above the Clouds is a NOVA program that chronicles an ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro by a group of climbers and scientists. In addition to the video, Volcano Above the Clouds offers a large collection of materials and teaching guides for learning about volcanoes, glaciers, and climate change with Mount Kilimanjaro at the center of each lesson. As Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the Seven Summits of the world, NOVA provides a slideshow of the Seven Summits which puts Kilimanjaro into perspective relative to those other summits.

Forces of Nature is a feature of National Geographic's website. There are four sections to the Forces of Nature. The sections focus on tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, and earthquakes. There are six parts to each section. In the last part of each section students can create their own natural disaster using the knowledge they've gained from the previous five parts about how a natural disaster is formed. The Forces of Nature also offers photo galleries and interactive maps about tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, and earthquakes.

The BBC has a series of interactive guides that explain how natural disasters are caused. Included in this series is a twelve part animated explanation of volcanic eruptions. The series also includes explanations of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

















National Geographic's film Volcano: Nature's Inferno follows scientists as they explain what causes volcanoes to erupt and as the scientists try to predict when volcanoes will erupt. Watch the film for free on Snag Films.

The PBS Series Savage Earth offers animations how volcanic eruptions happen. The series also contains animations that explain earthquakes and tsunamis.

Close-up Aerial Views of Iceland's Erupting Volcano

The eruption of the volcano in Iceland has stalled travel from North America to Europe. Today's episode of CNN Student News offers close-up aerial views of the eruption. Climb aboard a helicopter with Gary Tuchman to view the plumes of steam, smoke, and ash from the eruption.



Larry Ferlazzo has a created a great list of resources for learning more about the volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Volcanoes of Yellowstone

The USGS in partnership with the University of Utah produces the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory records and publishes data about volcanic activity in Yellowstone National Park. Much of the material on the site is very scientific in nature, but the Observatory website does offer some educational materials accessible to the non-scientist. The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory offers three videos about the volcanoes of Yellowstone. The Observatory also offers photographic tours of Yellowstone.

Some other good resources for learning about Yellowstone National Park can be found in Google Earth. Turn on the National Geographic and Streetview layers to some excellent images from within the park.

Applications for Education
Yellowstone National Park is known for its natural wonders. The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory provides some resources for high school science teachers to use in teaching about the geology of Yellowstone.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Tour Mount Redoubt in Google Earth
Forces of Nature - Earth Science Resources
Five Resources for Teaching About Earthquakes

Monday, April 6, 2009

Tour Mount Redoubt in Google Earth

If you're a Geography teacher or in any other way use Google Earth in your classroom, the Google Earth Blog should be in your RSS reader. At least once a week I find something posted on the Google Earth Blog that can be incorporated into a classroom.

Today on the Google Earth Blog I found a link to a tour of Mount Redoubt in Alaska. As you probably know, Mount Redoubt recently erupted sending plumes of ash more than 50,000 feet above sea level. The Google Earth Tour of Mount Redoubt is narrated.

Staying with the volcano topic, I found a couple of other resources that might be handy for science teachers. Through Google Maps Mania I found a link to this Google Map of more than 1500 volcanoes. Each placemark on the map contains some basic information about the volcano.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory has extremely detailed information about all of the volcanoes in Alaska including Mount Redoubt. The Mount Redoubt page includes images, charts, and maps about the current volcanic activity.

Embedded below is a short video about Mount Redoubt's recent eruption.


Applications for Education
The Google Earth tour of Mount Redoubt along with the other resources listed above could be good for use in a science classroom. The video and tour of Mount Redoubt could be used at most grade levels while the Alaska Volcano Observatory is probably a resource best utilized by high school students.

A related resource that may be of interest to you is Forces of Nature Earth Science Resources. You may also want to check out Snag Films where you can watch National Geographic's Violent Earth for free.

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