Due to the complexity of the corn syrup viscosity experiments, I’m going to come back to that activity later. Instead, I’ll skip ahead to my next GoogleEarth file.
This kmz is fairly simplistic: I simply cruised through the Global Volcanism Project looking for a variety of volcanoes with different structures. There is a kmz file of all the volcanoes within the GVP database, which can make them easier to find, but you sort of have to hope your students don’t find it since it includes all of the answers.
The students then have to determine whether the volcano is a dome, stratovolcano, shield volcano, cinder cone, or a maar. For a few cases, I added a few hints to help the students understand they were looking at a cinder cone and not the shield volcano it was on. For some of the cases, I also asked the students to distinguish whether it was a crater or a caldera.
Ways this might work better:
- take a collection of Erik’s Mystery Volcano pictures and ask them to identify the structures – would cut out the ability to simply use the GVP database
- add a fissure or two into the mix
- find a better maar (I think it may be mislabeled on the web… but I wasn’t sure)
Suggestions on volcanoes I should include? Ones I should avoid? How this might be a better assignment?
And, as of 30 minutes ago, this assignment is up on my Google site including the kmz.