Since 2008, this school program has brought live, interactive video presentations by preeminent scientists and educators to students across the country. Using webinar technology, Volcano Explorers works in just about any classroom with a computer, projector and internet connection.
Who should attend? All classes are welcome to attend, but the presentations are aimed at 5th – 8th grade classes that study earth history, landforms or geologic processes.
Who: Middle school classes
What: A series of 3 interactive webinars. Join us for one or all three!
Learn more about presenters and what they will be talking about here.
When: 3 dates, all at 10-11 am PST
Where: Anywhere in the world with access to a computer, projector, and internet!
Why: This is your chance to interact with real scientists who work at volcanoes!
How: This is a FREE program! Volcano Explorers is hosted through Nepris, an online platform that connects teachers and students with the right industry experts, virtually without having to spend much planning time or leaving the classroom while providing an effective way for companies to extend education outreach and create equity of access. You will need to create an account to sign up.
|What are volcanoes? How do we monitor them?||What does Mount St. Helens teach us?||Can we forecast volcanic eruptions?|
Scientists at the USGS‒Cascades Volcano Observatory live and work along the Ring of Fire – a zone of volcanoes, earthquakes and mountain-building at the edge of the Pacific Ocean where tectonic plates collide. Volcanic eruptions can be big, like the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, or small, like the current eruptions of a submarine volcano called Bogslof in Alaska. Monitoring a volcano requires scientists to use of a variety of techniques that can hear and see activity inside a volcano. It demands a combination of current knowledge about magma systems, tectonic plate motion, volcano deformation, earthquakes, gases, chemistry, volcano histories, processes, and hazards—no single tool or technique can adequately monitor or predict volcanic behaviors.
Alexa will talk about her work to monitor active volcanoes and how early detection of an eruption helps keep air travelers safe and prepare communities downwind for ashfall.
Mount St. Helens is an active volcano. In March 1980, the volcano reawakened after 125 years of quiet with intense earthquakes and steam and ash emissions. Two months later, Mount St. Helens erupted violently, producing the worst volcanic disaster in the recorded history of the United States. What did scientists know in 1980? How did the eruption change their thinking? What would happen if Mount St. Helens erupted today?
Cynthia will talk about what happened at the volcano in 1980 and again in 2004-2008, and what Mount St. Helens taught us about the way volcanoes behave. Learning more about a volcano’s history and studying its past eruptions helps to understand what a volcano is capable of and how to prepare for the next eruption.
As the world witnessed in 1980, volcanoes like Mount St. Helens can erupt with devastating consequences. Today, scientists with the USGS‒Cascades Volcano Observatory collect data from networks of monitoring instrument and analyze them to look for out-of- the-ordinary signals. By comparing the data analysis with similar results from past volcanic events, volcanologists are better able to forecast changes in volcanic activity and determine whether and when a volcano might erupt in the future.
Many processes in and around volcanoes can generate earthquakes and one of the challenges of a seismologist is to understand when normal conditions change. Seth will talk about how scientists “listen” to a volcano by tracking changes in earthquake activity and how scientists were able to forecast eruptions at Mount St. Helens during the dome-building phase of 2004-2008.
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