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Volcanoes is part of an online series of modules entitled Exploring the Environment. Emphasizing an integrated approach to environmental Earth Science education through problem based-learning, this module asks students to look at four different situations involving volcanoes, research the situations, and make decisions about them. Information about the three volcanic areas under exploration (Mt. Hood, Kilauea, and Yellowstone) is given through maps, movies, and videos. Additional information covers plate tectonics, locations of volcanoes, volcano monitoring and hazards, how to deal with volcano threats, lavas, eruption types, and risk analysis. Once students have gone through the information, they make real-life decisions about building near volcanoes, and the possibility of eruptions in the near future. There are teacher resources, a reference for problem-based learning, and links for more information.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Case study
    • Module / Unit
    • Problem set
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Map
    • Photograph
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
NIH image software
QuickTime plug-in
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-001-847
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Dr Robert Myers
Wheeling Jesuit University, NASA Classroom of the Future