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How Volcanoes Work: Volcanism on Other Worlds
This site describes volcanic features comparable to those on Earth that are particularly well exposed on Earth's Moon, Mars, Venus, and the Jovian moon, Io. It discusses the most stunning discoveries of the last decade, which are the great variety of spectacular volcanic features displayed by radar imagery of Venus, and the dramatic discovery of perennial eruptions on Jupiter's satellite Io. For each of the four bodies there is an overview, a description of the various volcanic features and the probable cause of the activity. The features of the other bodies are compared and contrasted with those of Earth.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Images credited to government organizations are in the public domain, and can be downloaded and used. It would be appropriate, however, to properly acknowledge the individuals and government agencies for each downloaded image. The remainder of the images and graphics are not in the public domain. These may not be downloaded and used, unless permission is granted from the individuals acknowledged in the expanded caption for each image.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-298
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
        • Structure of the earth system
    • 9-12:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
        • Origin and evolution of the universe
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'How Volcanoes Work'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr Victor E. Camp
Department of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University