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Explore Volcanoes - Are you teaching about volcanoes, but need a little more background yourself? Or are you looking for some exciting volcano activities, diagrams, models, or photographs to enhance your lessons? Add some pizzazz and ‘real-time’ volcano activities to your course by using this resource-packed CD-ROM. Full teacher notes, reproducible student activities and suggest answers in PDF format are complimented by forty fantastic volcano images and diagrams to use in your classroom. Have students construct 3D models of seven different volcanic features including a stratoform volcano, shield volcano, and caldera. Provide them with a color template, or have them color one themselves!
This resource has been developed by school teachers and the matierals are curriculum linked to the Earth and Space Science and Science in Personal and Social Perspectives standards (Grades 5-8, 9-12). On Sale! $9.95.
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The Community Preparedness Website Project - Disaster preparedness information.
Earthquake Shakes Kilauea Volcano - Article for grades 6 and up. Investigate Kilauea, one of Hawaii's younger hotspot volcanoes; find out how hotspots form; and find out how Kilauea has been behaving-and misbehaving-lately. EarthBulletins include articles, images, photos, and video.
Earthquake Hazards 101- A 2-level hazards primer on how to find out information and what it means.
Includes info for all audiences and info for building and safety planners
Encarta article about volcanoes.
Free online publications:
The Interior of the Earth:
The San Andreas Fault:
The Severity of an Earthquake:
List of earthquakes, books, resources and children's books.
Generate your own seismic hazards maps:
Global Volcanism Program - Smithsonian Institute: This well-organized, image rich site documents the Holocene eruption history of the world's major volcanoes. Be sure to explore the pull down menus on the red title bar beneath page titles to see all the information this site has. A special feature of this site is a GIS-like mapping tool. To access the tool, select a region of the world, then pick a particular volcano. Once on andual volcano page, select the "Maps" option. The "Map Tool" button links to the UNAVCO Jules Verne Voyager mapping application and displays a map centered on the current volcano. Java must be enabled in your browser to display the maps.
Global Volcanism Project - A Smithsonian Institute program. Contains Volcanoes of the World, information on volcanoes that have been active for the last 10,000 years, and Volcanic Activity Reports.
Google Earth files:
This website contains information on faults and associated folds in the United States that are believed to be sources of M>6 earthquakes during the Quaternary (the past 1,600,000 years). Maps of these geologic structures are linked to detailed descriptions and references.
Investigating Earthquakes: GIS Mapping and Analysis - This site describes the technique of preparing "GIS-ready" data and shows how to map that data and conduct basic analyses using a geographic information system (GIS). Users download and format near real-time and historical earthquake data from the USGS. They use latitude and longitude fields to plot the data in a GIS. They analyze patterns by querying records and overlaying datasets. The focus of the chapter's case study is earthquake prediction. Users examine earthquake distributions, monitor current earthquake activity, and try to predict where the next big earthquake will occur on Earth.
Michigan Tech's Volcanoes Page aims to provide information about volcanoes to the public and to complement other informational sites on the web. Links to updated information on real volcanoes and to volcano cams.
NASA- Global Tectonic Activity Map of the Earth.
Northern California Earthquake Data Center
The Southern California Integrated GPS Network Education Module - This site was designed to allow students to interactively learn about Plate Tectonics and related phenomena. There are learning modules and activity modules. Students who function at many different levels can use this site.
United States Geological Survey - A tour of volcanoes in the United States. It is an excellent tutorial in volcanism. Teachers will find this site useful as will middle and high school students. This site also includes a great tutorial on Plate Tectonics.
USGS list of recent earthquakes
U.S. Volcanic Parks and Monuments.
Volcanic Features of Hawaii and Other Worlds - 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).
Volcano information from the PBS Series "Savage Earth".
Volcano World - This is a link to the Kid's Door of Volcano World. Lots of neat info and pictures you can print.
Volcanoes - Page & Moy, resources about volcanoes.
Wave That Shook the World, Nova - This website is based on the TV program originally aired on March 29, 2005 and tells the story of the 2004 tsunami, featuring video footage and scientific analysis of the onrushing waves that spread for 3,000 miles around the Indian Ocean basin. NOVA uses detailed animation to show how the quake raised a portion of the seafloor, which also lifted all the water lying above it.
When You're Hot - For over 120 years, Mount Saint Helens, a beautiful, snow-covered peak in Washington State, remained calm. Then on May 18, 1980, people heard a loud explosion as hot rock, gas and ash shot into the air. Mount Saint Helens had "woken up." Elementary and younger middle school students investigate volcanoes, meet a volcanologist and even make edible crystals on this part of Our Dynamic Planet, which includes links to other volcano-oriented sites.
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Assembling California by McPhee, John. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1993.

Discovering Earthquakes: Mysteries, Secret Codes, Games, Mazes, by Field, Nancy, and Adele Schepige. Middletown, WI: Dog-Eared Publications. 1995.

Earth, by Grimshaw, Caroline. Grades 4-7. Deals with basic geoscience questions such as the origin of Earth and geological/biological changes through time. Paperback: ISBN 0716613050, Hardcover: ISBN 1568474539.

Earthquake! An Event Based Science Module, by Wright, Russell G. Menlo Park, CA: Innovative Learning Publications, Addison-Wesley, 1996. Public QE535.W74 1996.Earthquakes: Tremor Troop, by Callister, J.C., et. al. Washington D.C.: National Science Teachers Association. 1988.

Janice VanCleave's Earthquakes: Mind-Boggling Experiments You Can Turn into Science Fair Projects, by VanCleave, Janice. Grades 4-7. Twenty simple experiments explaining earthquakes that kids can do with materials found in the home. Paperback: ISBN 0471571075.

Project Earth: Science Geology, by Ford, Brent A. Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association Press. 1996.

Uncovering the San Andreas Fault, National Park Service. A field guide for Middle School Science Teachers. Point Reyes National Seashore Association. 2001. Can be obtained by participating in a teacher workshop at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Volcano & Earthquake, by Van Rose, Susanna. Grades 4-7. Discusses where and how earthquakes and volcanoes occur, prediction, and human interaction with these natural phenomena. Hardcover: ISBN 0679816852.

Volcano: The Eruption & Healing of Mount St. Helens, by Lauber, Patricia. Grades 4-7. Beautiful photographs and information about the eruption and aftermath of Mount St. Helens. Paperback: ISBN 0689716796.

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Seismic wave program: A program for the visualization of seismicity and volcanic activity in space and time. The program, which runs under Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP, has an extensive database of events. A number of pre-defined maps are included which illustrate the seismicity in various parts of the earth.


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