Lesson 4

There will be a picture of vesuvius here soon! Sorry for the delay.

Looking down upon the earth, I can see many of Vulcan's workshops.There is a need to conduct an investigation to determine the reasons for all this geological activity.You will be given a set of coordinates on which to land. Once you have arrived at your location you must describe the place, explain how the lifeforms and the environment interact with each other, describe the movement of the lifeforms, and answer a few questions about the volcanic region.
Remember that your safety is of great importance to me. I heard through the Universal website that a character named Vesuvius is on the loose. If you encounter this being you must be weary of its intentions. Treat Vesuvius with respect, because I'm not sure you will be able to defeat him. Wamfu has met a few of Vesuvius' family members, and they are very powerful.

Objectives :

* locate many active volcanoes around the world.
* Apply the five themes of geography to a specific volcano
* chart volcanoes by using latitude/longitude.


* Books, magazines, and audiovisual materials on volcanoes.
* World Map showing latitude and longitude.
* Colored map tacks
* Place your world map onto a bulletin board.
* World Almanac.
* VolcanoWorld home page.

Go to the "Volcano World" home page.

Key Words:

* plate tectonics
* geyser
* earthquake
* hotspot
* igneous
* lava
* magma
* seismometer
* ring of fire
* volcano

Places to Know:

Ring of Fire, San Andreas Fault, Indonesia, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Iceland, Hawaii,

Activity 1. Listed below are the five themes of geography. To help you understand each theme you will need to answer the questions that are provided

I. Location

1. To find the absolute location of a volcano go the the Volcano World homepage and click onto the Current Volcanic Activity page. Find the latitude and longitude of a volcano.
2. Write these coordinates down onto a piece of paper.
3. Get a map pin and pinpoint your volcano on a world map.

II. Place

1. Describe the vegetation and resources of the region around the volcano.
2. What kind of wildlife is located around the volcano?

III. Human/Environment interaction:

1. If people were living near the volcano, why might they have chosen to live in such a risky location?
2. How is nature responding to the change caused by the eruption?
3. What perception of danger do people have about the volcano?

IV. Movement

1. Did scientist help warn people about the volcanic eruption? What kind of instruments did the scientist use?
2. Were people asked to evacuate? If they did how did they do it?

V. Region

1. What kind of climate can be located around the volcano?
2. Is your volcano part of a pattern of volcanoes? Example: the Ring of Fire.
3. What kind of language is spoken by the majority of people that live around the volcano?
4. What is the economy based upon around the volcano?

Activity 2: Descriptive paragraph:

1. Pretend that you are a person observing a volcano at the time of its eruption. Give a descriptive account of the things you saw, heard and felt at the time of the eruption.

Activity 3: Compare and Contrast:

1. How are volcanoes useful to the environment?
2. How are volcanoes harmful to the environment?