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Volcano Eruption Style: Surtseyan

This volcanic eruption style is called Surtseyan, named after the island of Surtsey.  Surtseyan volcanoes erupt below the surface of water.Click for Rest of Tech Tip

Supervolcano Full Length Yellowstone Movie

I show this volcano movie discussing and teaching about Yellowstone past eruptive periods. This video is a fictional docudrama that is very well done.  The science for the most part is accurate and while filming the movie that had real volcanologists available for questions.  The movie demonstrates how earthquake swarms can precede volcanic eruptions.  Students usually have many questions and want to discuss the what ifs of the movie.  Pyroclastic clouds are seen in the video as well as a lake tsunami called a seiche.  This is a great movie to watch when finishing up your unit on volvanoes...Click for Rest of Tech Tip

Volcanic Eruptions: Papau New Guinea's Tavurvur Volcano

This volcanic eruption video is fantastic.  A few people are on a boat when they see the eruption.  What is amazing about it is the shock wave that is heard a few seconds afterward.  Also you will be able to see the clouds get parted as the shock wave sores through the atmosphere.  It is really a cool video to show students during you volcano unit.Click for Rest of Tech Tip

Volcano Types: Cinder cone: Paricutin

I show this volcano video when discussing cinder cone volcanoes.  Paricutin erupted in the 1943 and erupted for 9 years afterward.  It occurred on fairly flat land in a farmer's cornfield.  This video is historical footage of the eruption.Click for Rest of Tech Tip

Volcanic Eruption Video

This video shows a recent eruption that occurred in Japan.  I like showing this volcano video because it shows the eruption at night where you can see the lava bombs break open when they hit the ground.  It also show lightning that sometimes if visible during volcano eruptions.Click for Rest of Tech Tip

Volcano Lava Types

I show this video during my unit on volcanoes when discussing the two Hawaiian volcano flow types, Pahoehoe and aa lavas.  It shows both very well and I have the students shout out what type as the video plays.  There is also a great view as to what a shield volcano looks like so I pause it at that point to discuss why a shield volcano takes on the shape that it does.  I also talk about the cooling of the lava and how it hardens and turns into solid basalt.Click for Rest of Tech Tip

Volcano Type: Composite/Strato Volcanoes

I have actually been to the Arenal Volcano.  It is a beautiful site.  The volcano erupted sending down a pyroclastic cloud killing several villages in one of the towns close by.  It then erupted off and on creating the steepest cone in the world.  This video is a composite of many other videos showing the eruptions over time.  It is a pretty cool video to watch.  I actually skim through it but get a chance to show how one volcano can have multiple types of eruptions.  I also mention that there are many hot springs near by.  Some of which I got to swim in.Click for Rest of Tech Tip

Hawaiian Volcano Eruption

I show this video when discussing the different types of volcanic eruptions.  This volcanic eruption style is a Hawaiian style.  The lava does a great job demonstrating Pahoehoe and Aa lava types.Click for Rest of Tech Tip

Lava Flow types: Aa and Pahoehoe

I show this video during my unit on volcanoes when discussing the two Hawaiian volcano flow types, Pahoehoe and aa lavas.  It shows both very well and I have the students shout out what type as the video plays.  There is also a great view as to what a shield volcano looks like so I pause it at that point to discuss why a shield volcano takes on the shape that it does.  I also talk about the cooling of the lava and how it hardens and turns into solid basalt.Click for Rest of Tech Tip

States of Matter Video: What does it really mean to be a solid, liquid or gas?

In this science video Veritasium does a fantastic job interviewing the public to see if they know what it actually means to be a solid, liquid or a gas.  It is fun to watch people try to remember from their schooling what the science answer is.  This would be a great video to show when introducing 3 of the 4 states of matter to your chemistry or physical science students.Click for Rest of Tech Tip

Jobs in Earth Science student Investigation

In this activity, students will briefly examine 10 fields/disciplines of Geology: hydrology, volcanology, mineralogy, paleontology, stratigraphy, seismology, petrology, geomorphology, geochemistry, and crystallography. They will pick one of those disciplines that they find interesting and find a job description in that field. Students will also find a salary range and what type of education they would need in order to obtain that salary. When students are finished, they should have an idea that there is money and great careers as a scientist in the field of Geology. This is one of the...Click for Rest of Tech Tip

Earth Science: Surface Water Landforms Google Earth Scavenger Hunt

In this Earth Science digital activity, students will get to locate specific water eroded or deposited landforms. The activity will enhance their understanding of Geo Coordinates. Students will get to use Google Earth and become more proficient with it's use. Students will get to see actual satellite views of their vocabulary words instead of just memorizing the definitions. Vocabulary that will be reinforced are: Meanders, oxbow lakes, sediment, river types (old, mature, young), delta, deposition, erosion, alluvial fan, and flood plain. When students are finished with this activity they...Click for Rest of Tech Tip

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