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Virtual Volcano Lab
Log onto the Discovery Channel’s Virtual Volcano site (
Global Perspectives (see the Menu on the left side)
--Using the topic menu in the lower right corner, read about:
1) Tectonic Plates: Where are most of the active volcanoes found? __________________
2) The Ring of Fire: Where is the Ring of Fire located? ___________________________
3) The Layers Within: How do volcanoes form? _________________________________
Volcano Types (yup…back to the Menu on the left side) For each of the three volcano types
answer the following questions…
1) Stratovolcano:
a. How are they made? ______________________________________________
b. Look like--______________________________________________________
c. This volcano in Italy was responsible for destroying Pompeii in 79 AD--_________
d. A well-known stratovolcano in the U.S.—________________________________
2) Cinder Cone Volcano:
a. How are they made? ______________________________________________
b. Look like—______________________________________________________
c. 2 famous cinder cone volcanoes & where they are located:
i. _________________________________________________________
ii. _________________________________________________________
3) Shield Volcano:
a. How are they made?_______________________________________________
b. Look like—______________________________________________________
c. A famous shield volcano & where it’s located: ____________________________
4) Which type of volcano is the following? (Stratovolcano, Cinder Cone, or Shield volcano)
a. Most violent eruptions: ___________________
b. Island builders:
c. Smallest:
Inside a Volcano (Left side. Menu…) In the space below draw a side view of what a volcano looks
like on the inside and label its parts.
Build Your Own Volcano… (Of course, don’t forget to watch it erupt—way cool!)
--But first…
1) Select and learn about the Gas Content
a. List 2 factors that can affect the explosiveness of a volcanic eruption.
i. ________________________ ii. __________________________
b. Magma’s gas content usually depends on ____________________________
2) Select and learn about Viscosity
a. What is it? __________________________________________________
b. Thick magmas tend to have _________ ___________ levels, and
runny lavas tend to have _________ ___________ levels.
3) After playing with the settings on your own a bit, build the volcanoes with the settings
below and record the results you create! (don’t forget to click “set conditions” before
erupting). #8 is a combination for you to figure out…make a new combination.
Type of
Volcano type
Other information
One level UP
from Low
Two levels UP
from Low
Two levels Up
from Low