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Alaska Volcano Observatory

The Alaska Volcano Observatory updates activity continuously. The contents can be adapted to several age groups.

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Volcano World at the University of North Dakota

This award-winning Volcano World at the University of North Dakota provides the history and hints for interpretation of basic volcanic activity on our globe. The use of remote-sensing tools is explained.

What Happens When Lava Meets Ice?

This Science Channel video looks at what happens when you pour molten lava on ice. (Hint: it's not what you'd expect.) They interview the scientists involved, describe how they create the lava, and show some other tests they are running. You can find a longer video of just the lava pour here.

Remember kids, don't try this at home!

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Scripps Expedition to Costa Rico

Virtual field trips can be made to key volcanoes--active and extinct. For instance, the Scripps Oceanography Institute sponsors virtual/real expeditions to the volcanoes in Costa Rico.

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Volcano Cafe tracks the activities of volcanoes around the world. Postings range from current eruptions (especially in Iceland) to volcano formation and geology to a look at when one might erupt and why it's so hard to pin it down.

Vinegar Plus Baking Soda Volcano Eruption in a Vacuum Chamber

Here's an interesting take on the classic classroom demonstration.

While using a full vacuum is a little overkill, using a partial vacuum can better demonstrate the pressure difference and explosivity when lava emerges from a volcano. Makes it a great classroom project for older students, allowing them to make predictions, take measurements and write up their results.

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This category of sites lets students monitor changes from the safety of their computer. Students could follow such changes for a whole school year, thereby engaging in sustained inquiry.

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