Volcano Voyage

60 minute Program | Grades 7 – 12, Post-Secondary, Adults

Volcano Voyage introduces students to the explosive Earth: an overview of what makes volcanoes work, why and when they erupt explosively, and how volcanologists use volcanic rocks to understand the subsurface magma factories that ultimately cause volcanoes to erupt. Students will learn how magma viscosity affects eruption style, how eruption style dictates the shape of the volcanic edifice, as well as the different types of volcanic hazards. From lava flows that blanket a landscape to ash clouds that disrupt aircraft travel, we will emphasize the short and long term effects of volcanoes on society. This workshop lasts approximately one hour.

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Science 7: Earth and its climate have changed over geological time
• Elements and compounds are pure substances, crystalline structure of solids, chemical changes

Science 8: The theory of plate tectonics is the unifying theory that explains Earth’s geological processes
• Layers of Earth

Earth Science 11: Earth materials are changed as they cycle through the geosphere and are used as resources, with economic and environmental implications, plate tectonic theory explains the consequences of tectonic plate interactions.
• Earth materials can be identified and classified based on their properties, the rock cycle explains how rocks are formed, destroyed, and transformed

Earth Science 12: Tectonic plates are in constant motion and their interactions produce earthquakes, volcanoes, and characteristic landforms on the Earth’s surface
• The origins of magma and volcanism are related to plate tectonic theory

In addition to a guided program, you are welcome to combine your visit with any of our self-led (FREE) activities. Please visit our Educator Resources for ideas!

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