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Liquid Hot Magma.

Tungerahua Volcano, Ecuador Picture by Alcinoe Calahorrano

Volcano Stats
‡ Definition of Volcano
± Mountain that forms when molten rock (magma) is forced to the Earth¶s surface

‡ Number of active volcanos = ?
± 20 erupting right now (50-60/year) (160/decade)

‡ Number of volcanologists = 1,500

Volcanic Eruptions Lava flow Lava fountain ‡ Nonexplosive Eruptions ‡ Explosive Eruptions What is Lava? -magma that flows onto the Earth·s surface .


What did you learn? Write/draw this in your science journal. Volcanoes form around Vents Lava vents that release magma onto the Earth s surface.1. Magma chamber .

The Composition of Magma Determines whether it is explosive or not! ‡ High water content ± More likely to be !!! !!! ‡ High content ± More likely to be ± Why? ‡ Silica has a thick. stiff consistency ± Flows slowly ± Tends to Harden in the volcano¶s vent .


Would high silica content increase the likelihood of having an explosive eruption? . What physical event causes explosive eruptions? b. Would high water content increase the likelihood of having an explosive eruption? c.2. What did you learn? Write/draw this in your science journal. a.

What Erupts from a Volcano? Lava can be thick or thin. Blocky lava Pahoehoe Aa Pillow lava .


Air tends to fracture the gelatin. What do you observe? 8. Do this VERY CAREFULLY so that the gelatin cast won¶t develop cracks. Use a plastic knife to slice open the volcano.´ Remove any air bubbles from the syringe and tubing by holding the syringe upright and squirting out a small amount of the liquid. and view the crosssection. 7. . Loosen the gelatin volcano from the cups by dipping the cups briefly in the bowl of hot water. Inject the red water VERY SLOWLY. Remove the plunger. Fill the syringe with your prepared ³magma. Each student should inject about 10mL into the volcano with the other students watching carefully. It should resemble a colorless to milky volcano. 4. 5. 6. at a rate of about 20 ml/min. a few small cracks are acceptable. Unmold the gelatin by tipping the bowl over onto the center of the pegboard on top of the tubing and lifting the bowl. Lay the pegboard on top of a food serving tray to collect drips. 2. Weave the airline tubing into the pegboard from the top and back up through the bottom so that 2´ or so of tubing is sticking up out of the pegboard. 3.1. The gelatin cast will spread and settle.

3. Where did the lava flow in your model? b. What did you learn? Write/draw this in your science journal. Did the lava deepen the existing cracks or make new cracks? . like cracks? c. Did the lava choose the path of least resistance (weakest places). a.

What Erupts from a Volcano? Pyroclastic material ‡ Rock fragments created by eruptions ‡magma explodes from volcano and solidifies in the air ‡existing rock is shattered by powerful eruptions Lapilli Volcanic bombs Volcanic blocks Volcanic ash .

How do volcanoes affect the Earth? Flows and Fallouts ‡ hot ash can flow really quickly ‡Knock down buildings ‡Dam rivers (flooding/drought) ‡Kill crops and livestock Climatic Changes ‡Ash & Gases can block sunlight ‡Drop average global temperature noticeably .

Types of Volcanoes Shield volcano Cinder cone volcano Composite volcano .

and Lava Plateau Crater ‡ From explosions of material out of the vent and the collapse of material back into vent Caldera ‡ Much larger depression that forms when magma chamber empties and its roof collapses Lava Plateau ‡ Forms when lava erupts from long cracks. or fissures. Calderas.Craters. and spreads out evenly (thousands of km) .

.What causes volcanoes? The Formation of Magma ‡ Mantle rock melts when the temperature increases or the pressure decreases.

What causes volcanoes? Where Volcanoes Form ‡ Tectonic Plate Boundaries!!! ~75% world¶s active volcanoes in Ring of Fire .

What causes volcanoes? .

What causes volcanoes? Hot Spots .

carbon dioxide ‡ Measuring Temperature from Orbit ± Measure changes in temperature over time . increase in number & intensity ‡ Measuring Slope ± Bulges may form with magma (tiltmeter) ‡ Measuring Volcanic Gases ± Outflow of volcanic gases ‡ Sulfur dioxide.How do volcanologists predict eruptions? ‡ Measuring Small Quakes ± Before eruption.

You should not be a Volcanologist if«. A. Robert McGimsey USGS ‡ You don¶t like hiking. etc. ‡ You are not interested in experiencing extreme temperatures and heights. backbacking. Ozerov . rockclimbing. ‡ If you don¶t like to travel to incredible places and see breathtaking views of the world.


3. Predict how much time will elapse before your volcano erupts. Place the tissue packet in the middle of a large disposable pan. and stir. 4. Put safety goggles on and add 50mL of vinegar and several drops of liquid dish soap to a 200mL beaker. Press down to make a tight seal. Place 10mL of baking soda in center of a sheet of bathroom tissue. Put modeling clay around the top edge of a funnel. 6. Using a stopwatch. Fold the corners over the baking soda and crease the edges so that they stay in place. record the time you began to pour and the time your volcano erupts. How close was your prediction? . Turn the funnel upside down over the tissue packet. 2. Pour the liquid into the upturned funnel.1. WRITE THIS DOWN! 5.

Was your time prediction close to the real time of eruption? b. Are the eruption times similar for every group? If not. c. How is our experiment different from predicting the eruption of a real volcano? . give at least one reason why this might be. What did you learn? Write/draw this in your science journal.4. a.

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