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Volcanism on the Pacific Ring of Fire: It's Going to Blow Up! (title provided or enhanced by cataloger)
In this activity students familiarize themselves with some basic concepts of volcanology and investigate a portion of the Ring of Fire. They then research the answers to questions on the provided worksheet. As a result of this activity students will be able to describe the processes that produce the "Submarine Ring of Fire," explain the factors that contribute to explosive volcanic eruptions, identify at least three benefits that humans derive from volcanism, describe the primary risks posed by volcanic activity in the United States, and identify the volcano within the continental United States that is considered most dangerous.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-008-146
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about sci. / tech.
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr Mel Goodwin
The Harmony Project

Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Ocean Explorer