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10.3 Volcanoes and People

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of 10.3: Volcanoes and People. Use the navigation below to find the materials.

Section Materials


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

Natural Hazards Gateway, by USGS
The USGS Natural Hazards Gateway offers a one-stop shop to learn about natural hazards (earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanoes, and wildfires). The site also links to real-time data that can be useful to citizens and emergency support personnel who must make important decisions before, during, and after a natural disaster.

Volcano Hazards Fact Sheet - Volcanic Gas, by USGS
Discusses why volcanic gases are important to study, how geologists study volcanic gases, and what they have learned.

Effects of Volcanic Gases, by UCSB
Lists the effects of different volcanic gases on the environment and animals.

Volcanic Air Pollution--A Hazard in Hawai`i, by USGS
Hawaii serves as a good case study to demonstrate how the hazard of volcanic particles can spread over a wide range.

Lahars, by UCSB
Read another good overview of lahars along with a list of journal references to investigate further.

Mudflows, Debris Flows, and Lahars, by USGS
Site gives a detailed introduction to lahars, describing what initiates a lahar flow, what is the composition of a lahar flow, and cites several historic examples of lahar flows associated with volcanic eruptions.

Pyroclastic Flows, by UCSB
A similar type of overview of pyroclastic flows. However, site also includes a discussion about how geologists discovered pyroclastic flows as well as a list of journal and book references about pyroclastic flows.

Pyroclastic Flows and Surges, by USGS
Read about how pyroclastic flows and surges form, how those two are different, and the hazards they pose to people.


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

USGS Volcano Hazards Team Seminar Series, by USGS
Archive (2006 to present) of lectures given at the USGS offices in Menlo Park, California, on a variety of volcano-related topics. These lectures are designed for a technical, scientific audience. Videos are currently available only for a few seminars in 2006.

Yes! Yellowstone is a Volcano, by USGS
The USGS Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory answers the questions: "How do we know Yellowstone is a volcano?", "What is a Supervolcano?", "What is a Caldera?","Why are there geysers at Yellowstone?", and "What are the other geologic hazards in Yellowstone?"


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