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Additional Resources

About Our Locations

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Forest Service Site
USGS links to presentations of geologic activity, history, features and maps. Well worth spending some time on the links offered.

Crater Lake National Park

USGS links to presentations of geologic activity, history, features and maps. Well worth spending some time on the links offered.

Panoramic Aerial Maps of the American West … Just for fun.

Bend Oregon
Crater Lake

Department of Geology and Mineral Resources of Oregon
Neat interactive map of Oregon with geologic regions.

Volcanism and Volcanos

Cascades Volcano Observatory (USGS)
Get News and current events, status of volcanos in the range, accesses to photos, maps, eruptive histories, latest hazards assessments, FAQ’s, activities, teacher packets, and links, living with volcanos, and how to plan a visit to a volcano. Great pictures. Especially good stuff about the Cascades and Mt. St Helens.

Cascades Volcano Observatory education and outreach resources. Neat stuff - videos, slide sets, virtual tours of volcanos, some activities.

Volcano World
Volcano World shares real time volcano information in an understandable way. Includes a glossary, lessons, movies of eruptions, updates on volcanic eruptions, and volcano legends and lore. Check out Mt. St. Helens information and movies.

Classroom lesson plans

Living Laboratory: Volcanoes
The curriculum is designed for grade levels 4–8. Adjustment is encouraged for grade levels 9-12. Topics include human and volcano interactions, and geologic and ecologic impact of volcanos. Supplemental materials.

Types of Volcanos (Treiman, LPI)
There are three types of volcanos, right? Learn why this well known “fact” is incorrect!

United States Geologic Survey Sites

Volcano Observatories (USGS)
Updates on US volcanos, real-time monitoring, eruption histories, images, educational materials and more.
Skip past USGS volcano websites

Alaska Volcano Observatory
Anatahan Volcano - Northern Mariana Islands
Long Valley Observatory
Yellowstone Volcano Observatory
Hawaii Volcano Observatory

Volcano Hazards Program

Photo glossary of volcanic terms

Monitoring Active Volcanoes
– online book

Volcanoes of the United States
  – online book

Eruptions of Hawaiian Volcanoes
– online book

Eruptions of Mt. St. Helens: Past, Present, and Future
– online book

(Bob Tilling, USGS)
This online book presents a summary of the nature, workings, products, and hazards of the common types of volcanos around the world and a brief introduction to volcano monitoring and research.

3D Geology of the National Parks
Several volcanos found in National Parks are presented in 3D.

Inside Hawaiian Volcanoes (Video)
Animation, graphics, historic and present-day footage explore Hawaiian volcanology. Product Number: (200) R290 no.89-685.

Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program
This program maintains a database of all known global volcanic activity over the last 10,000 years, and is building a petrologic database for volcanic materials. Accessed by geographic region through interactive maps.

Satellite Images of Volcanos
NASA satellite images and discussion of images

Earth Wall/Earth Bulletin (American Museum of Natural History)
Track current Earth events, including volcanic activity on the Earth Wall.

Virtually Hawaii - A Virtual Field Trip
Virtual interactive  field trips are offered to the Big Island, as well as to Oahu, Maui, Molokai, and Kauai. Fun; a neat twist.

Volcano Pictures, Volcano Information and Glossary
Great photo dictionary of volcanic terms, including rocks, structures, and more.

Volcanoes – Can we predict volcanic eruptions? (Annenberg Corporation)
Good pictures, simple text, nicely presented, many topics. These are not in depth. Great kids overview with connections to "more Info" Good interactives on raising and lowering the temperature for melting rocks. Good for middle school students.

How Volcanoes Work
This site describes the science behind volcanos and volcanic processes … and the three types of volcanos (with a few other subordinate types).

Exploring the Environment (ETE) (NASA The Classroom of the Future)
This Web-based learning module is password protected - but it is easy to get a password — anticipate ~ 1 week. Nicely done background and activities about Mt Hood, Pompeii, hazards, Yellowstone, etc. Teacher background, activities for middle to high school students.

Volcanoes! (USGS)
Students in grades 4–8 learn about volcanos and the hazards they pose in six modules.  Nice classroom exploration.  Teachers guides, student sheets, and paths for additional exploration are available.

Volcanic crisis in the Classroom
Geologists at Colgate University have designed a multi-week, cooperative learning activity for introductory, undergraduate volcanology classes that culminates in the simulation of a volcanic monitoring crisis.

Cake Batter Lava
Students use cake batter to understand how different lavas flow and the structures that are created.

Gelatin Volcanos
Jell-O is used to explore how lava flows in a volcano.

Making and Mapping a Volcano
After having vinegar/baking soda eruptions, students use Play-Doh to mark where the lava flowed.  In teams they examine the stratigraphy and map the flows.

Ice Volcanos of Lake Superior

Mud Volcanos of Trinidad

How to Cook with Lava
Do not try this in your backyard.

Volcanos in our Solar System

Volcanic Worlds: Exploring the Solar System Volcanoes, Edited by Rosaly M.C. Lopes and Tracy Gregg, 2004, Springer-Praxis Publisher. Written by active volcanologists (all female!), this book provides an overview of volcanism across our solar system — and how scientists conduct volcanic research on Earth and other planets — for the science-enthusiastic public. 


Volcanism on Venus
Volcanoes on Venus
Venusian Volcanic Features
Venus Terrain


Volcanism on Mars
Volcanism on Mars - Major Sites of Volcanism
Martian Volcanoes
Volcanology of Mars - Discovery of Martian Volcanism


Volcanism on the Moon
Mare Volcanism


Io: Jupiter's Volcanic Moon - Volcanism on Io
Volcanism on Io
Io's Volcanic Features
Astronomy Picture of the Day - Io in True Color
Astronomy Picture of the Day - Io Volcano Culann Patera
Astronomy Picture of the Day - Looking Into an Io Volcano
Astronomy Picture of the Day - A Continuous Eruption on Jupter's Moon Io
Astronomy Picture of the Day - Calderas and Cliff's Near Io's South Pole
Galileo and Cassini Image - Two Giant Plumes on Io


Cassini: Mission to Enceladus
Enceladus - Saturn II
Planetary Photojournal - Enceladus

Igneous Rocks

Organization of the Igneous Rock Site
Igneous rocks! The site presents complex information in an interesting and understandable manner – at a variety of levels.

Igneous Rock Identification
Cal Poly-Pomona offers a moderately in-depth discussion of igneous rocks, minerals, textures, and classifications. Well presented and illustrated. Adult.

Plate Tectonics

This Dynamic Earth (Jacquelyne Kious and Robert Tilling, USGS)
Good online overview of plate tectonics, history, and people involved in the process.  Goes into moderate detail of processes for older students.

Discovering Plate Boundaries
Excellent inquiry based activity through which students in upper elementary through college can make observations about the patterns of features on Earth’s surface — and draw conclusions about Earth’s tectonic plates.

Plate Tectonics on the Internet

And Some “Just Plain Good All-Around Sites”

Us, of course!
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Explore Mars and the Moon, find classroom resources and activities, and learn about opportunities – like the one you are having!)  to get involved in space science.

Evolution of the Solar System Time Line
Scroll through 4.56 billion years of our Solar System’s history. Brief text descriptions of the main events on the evolution of the Solar System and Earth, accompanied by lovely images, even if we do say so ourselves.

Views of the Solar System
Calvin J. Hamilton offers solid introductory content about the Solar System including images, movies, animations, and illustrations. The site is best for young adults and adults.

The Nine Planets
Bill Arnett's "Nine Planets" series contains detailed and consistently updated information on the objects in our Solar System, including a multimedia tour of our solar system, information about planets, moons, asteroids, comets, the Kuiper belt, and the Oort cloud that is most appropriate for young adults and adults. Each component has an overview of scientific information, and is accompanied by images, animations, and links.

NASA’s Solar System Exploration Forum
NASA's Solar System Exploration Forum - Education
Provides the latest on missions (past/present/future) with images and releases, as well as up-to-date background information about our planetary bodies and moons. The education link includes materials, lesson plans, and resources for children and educators.

The Planetary Photojournal
Provides excellent images of the bodies of our Solar System. This site is suitable for children 11 and up and is easy to navigate.

Planetary Science Research Discoveries
Offers the latest research on meteorites, planets, and other solar system bodies from NASA-sponsored scientists. The site has a good search engine and is designed for young adults to adults.

Exploring Planets in the Classroom - Hands-on Activities
This site contains over 25 hands-on activity lesson plans for educators. The materials are vetted by space scientists and span topics from general solar system to volcanology to Mars and the Moon.

Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science at Johnson Space Center
Learn all about meteorites, our Moon, Mars, and the search for life. Classroom materials, lesson plans, and more.

Exploring Meteorite Mysteries

Destination Mars

Geologic Sequencing of Craters and Channels
Students apply the laws of stratigraphy to unravel the relative ages of features on Mars.

Exploring the Moon

Bad Astronomy
Phil Plait’s knowledgeable take on common misconceptions in astronomy and space science — and at the movies. Lots of fun.  Informative. Helps educators tackle misconceptions directly. High school to adult.

Bad Science Jokes
Does an excellent student of volcanology graduate magma cum laude? … They get worse….

Moon (and other!) Globes

Sky and Telescope ( -

Astronomical Society of the Pacific (1-800-335-2624) 

Annenberg – Teacher Professional Development Programming – great resources for science and math teachers!

A Private Universe (K–12 science)
A powerful collection of video clips of students' astronomical ideas (seasons and moon phases) and how they change (or don’t) with classroom instruction.

Minds of Our Own (K–12 science)
Video presentation of students’ surprising preconceptions about science concepts (atmospheric gases, photosynthesis, light, electricity) and new educational approaches to developing deeper science understanding. (Private Universe Project in Science video series including Minds of Our Own and other resources).

Beyond the Solar System: Expanding the Universe in the Classroom (8–12 science)
Video exploration of the structure and evolution of the universe and the nature of science designed for 8–12 educators and their students. The video includes clips of students preconceived ideas about stars, galaxies and the Big Bang, exploration of the science concepts, classroom strategies, and extensive resources. 

Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science
These professional development materials for K–6 educators explore Earth and space science through real-world examples, demonstrations, animations, and interviews with scientists. In-depth interviews with children uncover their ideas about the topic at hand. The eight one-hour video programs are accompanied by print and Web materials that provide in-class activities and homework explorations.

Planetary Science Web Class for Teachers (Idaho State University)
Upper level undergraduate or graduate course for K–12 teachers and physical science majors who wish to continue their education in planetary science or to pursue a Master of Natural Science degree.  Looks like fun!

Online Seminars on Science (American Museum of Natural History)
Explore the geological events that shaped our planet over millions of years, and consider the interconnected systems that cause earthquakes, volcanos, and major climate changes. Available for credit.



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