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Forecasting Volcanic Eruptions

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Education, Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Geoscience, Physics, Space Science, Science and Technology
PBS LearningMedia, PBS Learning Media, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development, Teachers' Domain, DLESE Community Collection
High School, Career / Technical
Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Material Type:
Activities and Labs, Images and Illustrations, Instructional Material, Interactive, Reference
Media Format:
Text/HTML, Video
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Abstract:

Until recently, people living in a volcano's shadow had little help in predicting eruptions. In the past 300 years, volcanic eruptions, most of them unexpected, have killed more than 250,000 people. In 2000, experts estimated that 500 million people were living in areas at risk from catastrophic volcanic eruptions. This illustrated essay describes the strides scientists have made in eruption forecasting in recent years, especially tools for detecting changes in a volcano's seismicity, ground deformation, and gases, and explores why accurately predicting volcanic events remains difficult. A background essay and discussion questions are included.

PBS LearningMedia Abstract:

This media-rich essay from NOVA Online describes the challenges of forecasting volcanic eruptions and includes information about specific cases.