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Eruption! is a volcanic crisis simulation model that showcases a series of villages that surround an active volcano and is part of the Interactive Models for Geological Education Online (IMGEO) series. The goal of the exercise is to preserve as many people and as much property as possible in spite of the threat from the volcano. Students role-play as villagers, the governor, volcanologists, and the press. The rules of the simulation, plus guides for teaching assistants and students, are available on the site. Three different versions are downloadable, for different hardware and classroom situations (e.g. one computer per student, one computer and multiple students a networked environment). The activities in each are modified slightly to reflect the level of computer access for the student. On this Starting Point page, teachers can find learning goals, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment hints and references and resources dealing with this exercise. It also describes the context in which the virtual tour is best used.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Guide for instructor
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
Downloadable Eruption! software
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and other restriction information unknown
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-STARTINGPOINT-000-000-000-262
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: IMGEO, Department of Geology, SUNY Buffalo