5 Awe-Inspiring Volcano Resources

By Lauren Salisbury
November 9, 2018


In this month’s paired texts, two nonfiction texts about the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea, explore both the beauty and the destructive power of volcanoes. We can’t wait for “Beauty and Disaster” and “The Power of Kilauea” to ignite your students’ curiosity about one of the most magnificent geological features on Earth. After reading both articles, explore the resources below to keep the learning going.

Essential Questions
Post these questions in your classroom for students to refer to as they explore the resources:

  • Why does nature deserve our respect?
  • How does our environment shape the way we live?
  • What can be learned from natural disasters?

5 resources to keep the learning going:

Virtual Field Trip: Google Earth’s “10,000 Years of Volcanoes” 

Soar around the Earth to view and read about any of the 1,400 volcanoes from the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program collection. Start by exploring the seven notable volcanoes listed on the tour’s landing page, including Kilauea, Mount Vesuvius, and St. Helens. Be sure to click on the stick figure icon to walk around on the blue paths at ground level. 


Multimedia Page: U.S. Geological Survey

Explore field investigation multimedia from the scientists working at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, including maps, image galleries, videos of daily helicopter overflights, 3D models, animated GIFs, crater rim webcam footage, incredible drone footage, and more. (You can also follow USGS’s awesome Twitter page here.)


Radio Podcast: “Days? Weeks? Years? Scientists say Hawaii’s erupting volcano has no end in sight.” 

Listen to this NPR podcast (2:47) to learn more about Kilauea’s crater floor fallout, clogged magma system, and active fissures. 


Reference Material: Mount St. Helens Eruption: Facts & Information    

Read about the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, the most destructive eruption in U.S. history. Be sure to click on the “Striking Images of Mount St. Helens Before, After and Now” link to see NASA’s satellite images of the destruction, regeneration, and change in the landscape.


Video: Was Pompeii The Worst Volcanic Disaster Ever?

Watch this Discovery News video about the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D in Pompeii, Italy.


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