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Volcanoes are a part of the earth, and they have intrigued people for hundreds of years. Scientists study the earth's plates in order to understand the complexity of volcanic activity around the world. They also study different types of lava, rocks, and the gases that have dissolved into rocks. In the past, studying volcanic activity was extremely dangerous for scientists. Now they have access to tools, such as global positioning systems and seismometers, to help in predicting volcanic activity.
Scientists believe that 80 percent of the volcanic eruptions on Earth take place in the ocean. Most of these volcanoes are thousands of feet deep and difficult to find. In May of 2009, scientists captured the deepest ocean eruption ever found. Nearly 4000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the West Mata volcano was discovered.
Through descriptions of actual volcanic and earthquake occurrences, students will discover how these dynamic forces affect the world. This video discusses the nature and causes of earthquakes and volcanoes. Other topics covered include molten rock, magma, lava, cinder cone, shield volcano, composite volcano, caldera, Ring of Fire, seismic waves, seismograph, and Richter scale.
Photographers and scientists try to explain their fascination with volcanoes and earthquakes. Focuses not on the geological causes, but on how and why these phenomena are photographed and studied. Uses actual footage and closeups for impact. James Earl Jones narrates.
A volcanologist explores the fiery landscape of Iceland. Segment of video from Wild Chronicles Series.
As shown on the History Channel. The single longest linear feature on Earth--the "Ring of Fire" circles almost the entire Pacific. It is a ring of active volcanoes from White Island just north of New Zealand, through the South China seas, Japan, Kamchatka, the Aleutians, the Cascades and down through the Andes. Almost 25,000 miles long, it is one of the most awesome sights on Earth.
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is one of the best places on Earth to study processes within basaltic volcanoes. Its high eruption frequency, easy access to lavas, and distinct geologic setting far from plate boundaries or continents allow researchers to address fundamental problems related to active volcanoes. Another constant at Kilauea, besides the flowing lava, has been University of Hawaii geologist Mike Garcia. With support from the National Science Foundation, Garcia has been leading studies of Kilauea for a generation, adding to the extensive knowledge base on this volcano. Two of the primary goals are to determine what has triggered Kilauea’s effusive, explosive cycles over the last 2200 years and when long eruptions, such as the current one, will stop. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Geophysicist Emilie Hooft describes her work and the important role physics plays in understanding volcanoes. She also reveals how data helps create the images of magma structures beneath volcanoes. Part of the “EarthScope Chronicles” series.
This program from the acclaimed PBS Nature series, "Forces of the Wild," shows how man risks everything by building on earthquake fault lines, farming the slopes of volcanoes, polluting the air and warming the Earth. Like children playing with matches, we have no idea of the consequences of what we are doing. Narrated by James Earl Jones.
The rim of the Pacific Basin is one of the most geologically active places on Earth, and scientists have nicknamed the area "The Ring of Fire." The movement of tectonic plates has created a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches and chains of volcanoes stretching for twenty-five thousand miles. Part of the "Deep Sea Dive" series.
The Magic School Bus is an award winning animated children’s television series based on the book series of the same title by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It is notable for its use of celebrity talent and being both highly entertaining and educational. Teaching the kids about geography, Ms. Frizzle decides to take the class to an island that hasn't been discovered yet. But when they get to the spot and don't see anything there, Ms. Frizzle shows them just how underwater volcanoes create new land.
Jack and Colton make their way to Mount St. Helens. Along their journey, they explore a hidden waterfall and old lava tubes. Their adventure ends with a climb up the volcano. Part of the "Rock the Park" series.
Volcanoes and earthquakes! Geysers and boiling mud! Natural forces like these have been working for millions of years, changing the surface of the earth. Examines the layers of earth, a history of continental drift, plate tectonics, and other phenomena at work on our planet.
The Earth has many land formations such as mountains, plateaus, hills, and plains. These formations are created by movement of the earth’s plates, volcanoes, weather, and erosion. Part of the Real World Science series.
Kayaker John Bowermaster has traveled to one of the driest places on earth to go kayaking. The altiplano region in the highlands of South America is a dry region with extreme temperatures, but nestled between the volcanoes are shallow mineral lakes. Segment of video from Wild Chronicles Series.
Part of a series that features a wide variety of video footage, photographs, diagrams and colorful, animated graphics and labels. Begins with a simple definition of the term and concludes with a critical thinking question. For this particular video, students will focus on the term volcano. Part of the Science Video Vocab Series.
What is happening with New Zealand forests? A team of University of Colorado fire scientists dig deep into the forests of New Zealand to find clues about past wildfires. They also hope their discoveries will reveal how to protect the fragile ecosystems in the future. Part of WildFIRE PIRE series.
The Standard Deviants explore volcanoes and what causes them to erupt. They also discuss lava, pyroclastic materials, and the Ring of Fire. Then, it's time for a discussion on weathering. Part of "The Rockin' World of Geology" series.
Hawaii is a state in motion, formed by magma-spewing volcanoes that turn into basalt. The native population of Hawaii considers hot lava an instrument of creation even if it destroys everything in its path. Viewers trace the ever-changing landscape of the Hawaiian Islands due to the active tectonic forces of the region.
Pompeii, Italy, resort city for wealthy Romans, was buried under volcanic ash and debris for 1500 years when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Reenactments and scenes from the excavated city blend into an abbreviated account of what happened that day. Narrated by Leonard Nimoy.