A Lesson on:

Volcano Web

In this lesson you will use the Internet to research information on volcanoes and then write a report on your results.


A volcano is a location where magma, or hot melted rock from within a planet, reaches the surface. It may happen violently, in a massive supersonic explosion, or more quietly, as a sticky, slow lava flow.

Volcanoes have been a part of earth's history long before humans. Compare the history of human beings, a few million years in the making, to that of the Earth, over four billion years in the making.

Volcano Terminology

The study of volcanoes, or Volcanology, includes many odd terms. How many of these do you know?

Volcanic Places in the USA

Mount St Helens

Long Valley

Volcanic Places on Mars

Research Project

Your mission is to find information and report on a volcano, other than the ones listed above, that has erupted in the last 100 years. Your reports must include:
  1. Type of volcano
  2. Geographic location
  3. Name, distance, and population of nearest major city
  4. Dates of most recent and most destructive eruptions.
  5. Other events associated with recent eruptions (earthquakes, floods, mudslides, etc)

Then, write a one page description on the major hazards to humans in the vicinity of this volcano. Speculate on what you would do if you were in charge of minimizing the risk to the population.