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Volcano:  Nature's Inferno, William Kronick, National Geographic, 1990, ASIN 0792252012
Explore active volcanos and meet the scientists who study them.

Eyewitness — Volcano, DK Publishing, 1996, ASIN 6304165323
Volcanos and their role in Earth's processes are explored, with reference to their impacts on humans.

Volcano's Deadly Warning, NOVA, WGBH Studio, 2002, ASIN B00006HB53
Scientists share their current understanding of volcanos and discuss prediction of volcanic eruptions.

Exotic Terrane:  Plate Tectonics, Doug Prose, 2000, ASIN 1552412040
Learn about how Earth's plates move and the processes that change the surface of our planet from the scientists who study them.

Weathering and Erosion, 100% Educational Studios, ASIN B00006JMTD
Investigate how weathering and erosion sculpt Earth's surface.

The Magic School Bus:  Out of This World, Scholastic Publications, Inc., 1997, ASIN 1568327781
Children ages 4–10 will enjoy this romp through space as they learn about comets, meteors, and asteroids.

Comets and Meteors, Bill Nye, Walt Disney Productions, 1997, ASIN B0007D9TWO
Children ages 10–14 join Bill to investigate comets and meteors.


Solar System Evolution
Stuart Taylor, Cambridge University, 2001, ISBN 0521641306
Children ages 12 and up learn about how our planets formed and why they are different, as well as about other celestial bodies in the solar system.

Our Solar System
Seymour Simon, William Morrow & Company, 1992, ISBN 0688099920
Children ages 7–11 learn about our solar system, its planets, and the “left over” asteroids.

The Volcano Adventure Guide
Rosaly Lopes, Cambridge University Press, 2005, ISBN 0521554535
Children ages 12 and older learn about the different types of volcanos and how to prepare for a safe visit to a volcano!

Volcanic Worlds:  Exploring the Solar System's Volcanoes
Rosaly Lopes and Sally Ride, Springer-Verlay, 2004, ISBN 3540004319
Children ages 11 and older explore volcanic activity throughout our solar system.

Seymour Simon, Harper Trophy, 1995, ISBN 0688140297
This book for ages 4–8 describes the history, nature, and causes of volcanos.

Plate Tectonics
Kevin Cuff, Ian Carmichael and Carolyn Willard, LHS GEMS Publishing, 2001, ISBN 0924886609
Children ages 12 and older investigate the theory of plate tectonics by building models of erupting volcanos, faults, and deep-sea volcanos.

Our Patchwork Planet:  The Story of Plate Tectonics
Helen Sattler, Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1995, ISBN 0688093132
A good overview of plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanos for ages 9–13.

Plate Tectonics
Linda George, KidHaven Press, 2002, ISBN 0737714050
Overview of plate tectonics and the resultant geologic features and events for ages 10–14.

Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Susan Van Rose, DK Publishing, 1992, ISBN 0756607353
Children ages 9–12 explore volcanos and earthquakes.

How Mountains are Made
Kathy Zoehfeld, Harper Trophy, 1995, ISBN 0064451283
This book for ages 4–8 begins the exploration of Earth's processes, including mountain building, erosion, and volcanos.

Shaping the Earth:  Erosion
Sandra Downs, 21st Century Books, 2000, ISBN 0761314148
Children ages 10 and older learn the details about the processes of erosion and deposition and how they shape the surface of Earth.

Cherie Winner, Carolrhoda Books, 1999, ISBN 1575052237
Children ages 9–12 explore how wind, water, and glaciers sculpt Earth's surface.

Did Comets Kill the Dinosaurs?
Isaac Asimov, Gareth Stevens, 1988, ISBN 1555323472
Asimov explores asteroids, comets, and meteor showers and the relationship of cosmic happenings to the extinction of the dinosaurs for ages 7–10.

Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors
Gregory Vogt, Millbrook Press, 1996, ISBN 1562946013
The origin and composition of asteroids, comets, and meteors and their “impact” on Earth's history are investigated in this book for ages 4–8.

Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids
Seymour Simon, Harper Trophy, 1998, ISBN 0688158439
Children ages 8–10 learn about comets, meteors, and asteroids.

Venus:  Magellan Explores Our Twin Planet
Franklyn Branley, HarperCollins Children's Books, 1994, ISBN 0060203846
Children ages 12–14 learn about Venus through the information and images returned by the Magellan spacecraft.

Earth's Twin:  The Planet Venus
Isaac Asimov, Gareth Stevens, 1996, ISBN 0836812336
Children ages 4–8 learn about the features of Venus.

Gregory Voght, Millbrook Press, 1994, ISBN 156294391X
Children ages 9–12 investigate the planet Venus and its volcanos.

Web Sites

Terrestrial Volcanoes
Information, imagery, videos, and related links about volcanos for the young adult to adult.

NASA satellite images of volcanos.

Cascades Volcano Observatory
U.S. Geological Survey site for the volcano observatory in the Cascades. The site includes current activity of the volcanos, images, general information, activities, and links to other volcano observatories.

Volcanoes:  Can We Predict Volcanic Eruptions?
Overview of volcanic eruptions for ages 11–15, with connections to humans and interactives to help build understanding of the processes.

American Museum of Natural History
Daily tracking of volcanic eruptions for ages 12 and older.

Volcano World
Current and general volcano information, images, activities and resources designed for ages 10–14. Topics include human and volcano interactions, and geologic and ecologic impact of volcanos.

Exploring Earth Hazards
U.S. Geological Survey's Earth Science Learning Lab includes volcano activities for ages 11 and up.

Paleomap Project
Young adults and older children can explore models of past tectonic plate positions through geologic time — and into the future. What did the world look like before the Atlantic Ocean opened up? Beautiful map and globe illustrations.

Mountain Maker, Earth Shaker
Overview of plate tectonics and the history of the theory for ages 11–14.

Virtual Earthquake
Children ages 12 and up interpret information from a virtual earthquake. They read seismograms, locate the epicenter, determine the magnitude, and receive a certificate for their efforts. Good background information.

Earthquake Hazards Program — Northern California
U.S. Geological Survey's earthquake hazards site.

Earthquake News
News reports of earthquakes across the globe.

PBS's Savage Earth
Contains information and animations of faults and earthquakes for ages 11–14.

Terrestrial Impact Craters
Site for general information on impact craters and related vocabulary. Ages 10 and up.

Earth Impact Database
Offers crater diameter, age, and location information.

Terrestrial Impact Craters and Their Environmental Effects
The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory's educational pages about impacts and their environmental effects. Includes information about Shoemaker-Levy's encounter with Jupiter! Also includes images, educational resources, and an interactive map of craters.

NASA's exploration of impacts and processes for ages 11–18.

Lunar and Planetary Institute Slide Sets
Dozens of impact images in assorted slide sets, including terrestrial craters, impact craters on Mars, and a tour of the solar system. Easily imported into PowerPoint.

Comet Shoemaker-Levy Collision with Jupiter
Images and information from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory about Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9. Includes Newsflash documents.

ASU Mars Education Program
Information about Earth and Mars surface features.

Magellan Images
This site from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory contains Magellan images of volcanos and craters on Venus.

Views of the Solar System
A collection of images of craters, volcanos, and faults found in our solar system.

Planetary Photojournal
Some of NASA's best images from solar system missions. Collection can be searched by planet or by feature.


Last updated
February 23, 2005