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Making and Mapping a Volcano
The focus of this activity is on the sequence of lava flows produced by multiple eruptions. Baking soda, vinegar, and play dough are used to model fluid lava flows. Various colors of play dough identify different eruption events. Students will be asked to observe where the flows travel, make a model, and interpret the stratigraphy.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geophysics
  • Natural hazards
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and Other Restrictions Information is Unknown
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-026
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Anita Dodson
NASA Educational Outreach