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10.1 What Volcanoes Are

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of 10.1: What Volcanoes Are. Use the navigation below to find the materials.

Section Materials


Visions of Earth, by AGI
A four-DVD set on interactions in Earth systems.

Hawaii Volcanoes, by Lunar and Planetary Institute
Find forty wonderful volcanic slides you can download. Slide topics include Volcanic Structures and Landforms (Slides 32-40), Radar Studies of Lava Flows (Slides 26-31), Rocks and Boulder Fields (Slides 21-25), Eruption Types and Resultant Landforms (Slides 1-20).

Alaska Volcano Observatory, by USGS
The USGS Alaska Volcano Observatory provides current photos and monitoring dat. You can also learn how to collect ash that might be falling from the eruption in your area.

USGS Photo Glossary of volcanic terms, by USGS
Photo-glossary of volcano terms

Savage Earth, Mountains of Fire, by PBS
This web site accompanies another portion of the documentary, Savage Earth, with general information about different types of volcanoes, the location of volcanoes, and different types of volcanic eruptions.

Location of Volcanoes, by NASA
Find out more about how and why volcanoes form along plate boundaries or above hot spots. Note the links to other related pages about plate tectonics and heat flow or looking inside the Earth.

Hawaiian Volcanoes, by USGS
Read about the Hawaiian Volcanoes and how they formed. It also includes links to other pages about specific volcanoes on the islands of Hawaii and Maui.

Volcano Types "Quick Reference", by USGS
Review the major types of volcanoes, including calderas, cinder cones, composite volcanoes, statrovolcanoes, and shield volcanoes. Provides links for further details and information about specific eruptions.

Magma, Lava, and Lava Flows, by USGS
Learn more background information about lava and the hazards associated with lava flows.

Principal Types of Volcanoes, by USGS
Read a more detailed description of the principal types of volcanoes. Text does include pictures for each example (but are all in black and white).

Gloval Volcanism Program, by USGS and Smithsonian Institution
Track weekly volcanic activity.

Volcano Hazards Program, by USGS
The USGS also has a plethora of information about volcanoes.

This Dynamic Planet, by USGS
The map, which can be downloaded from the site, shows plate boundaries, earthquakes, volcanoes, and impact craters.

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Visions of Earth, by AGI
82 High-definition animations showing a variety of Earth and space system processes.

Volcanic Eruption Animation, by PBS
This is a PBS site that takes you through an animation of an Volcanic Eruption and it explains each slide.

Animated guide: Volcanoes, by BBC
Learn about how volcanoes work in this interactive animation.

Videos of Lava Flows, by TERC
Each of these video clips shows lava that erupted from Kilauea, a volcano on the island of Hawaii.

Kilauea Volcano (Hawaii) Lava Fountaining near Pu`u `o`o Crater: July 2008, by USGS
Two brief videos showing fountaining and vent spattering at locations near Pu`u `o`o Crater. Includes footage made with a thermal camera. Scroll down to July 7 and July 10, 2008.

Mount St. Helens, by USGS
A list of movies and animations created from photography at Mount St. Helens in 2004, 2005, and 2006.

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