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Volcano Simulator
This online simulator lets students observe what happens to volcanic eruptions as the silica content of the magma changes. Operating a slider changes the percentage of silica, and the display shows the rock type, type of eruption, and type of volcanic edifice. It also displays temperature, pressure, viscosity of the lava, and seismic activity. A brief tutorial describes how to use the simulator and explains how the nature of eruptions and the type of rock produced changes with silica content.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Website copyright 2005 Alaska Museum of Natural History. All rights reserved. Simulator copyright 2006 All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-010-134
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Alaska Museum of Natural History