WHEN VOLCANOES BLOW THEIR TOP!

(Mt Pinatubo Blowing its top)

(or what happens when they lose their cool)

Abstract:
This lesson focuses on the effects of volcanic eruptions on atmospheric chemistry. Specifically we will look at the travel of aerosol clouds from the eruption of Mt Pinatubo and Mt. Nyamuragira and explore the geography of each region, developing a method of study for any volcanic eruption.
 
Outcome:
Activities will allow learners to relate expelled volcanic gases , including H20, CO2, SO2 to local and regional changes in the composition of the atmosphere. The learner will use the internet to acquire data, and to analyze it graphically. Students will further analyze recent eruptions and "hypothetical" eruptions on their own. At the conclusion of this lesson, the student will:
 
 
Suggested Grade Level & Duration:
Grades 9-12; Time required 90 minutes.
 
Materials:
Internet-capable computer with viewer (JPEGview, Graphic Converter, NIH Image, etc.), graphing utility of some type (TI series calculator, spreadsheet program like Microsoft Works or ClarisWorks, graphing program or, if all else fails, a pencil and some graph paper), a ruler or other type of measuring device appropriate for the measurement of scales on a map, and a printer - color would be best, but any will do.
 
 
Background - Procedure - Printable - Standards - Credits

 

Welcome Volcanophiles!

Before beginning, check out the following web pages for a minute or two to see some cool volcanoes!

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