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Volcanoes on the planets! Explore how geologists and other scientists and 
mathematicians think about volcanoes on earth and other planets.   How do they form?  What can they tell us about planetary processes? 
Photograph of pahoehoe flow from Puu Oo vent on Kilauea, July 8, 2002.  Photo by Karen S. Bartels This page links to interdisciplinary learning modules created by geologists, chemists, physicists, and mathematicians.  The modules will help students and teachers learn more about volcanoes by using different tools and methods of all these disciplines.

Photo of Kilauea copyright 
© Karen S. Bartels.

Questions for thought....

What causes volcanic eruptions
  > Magma is molten rock - why do rocks melt?
  > Why does magma rise to the surface and erupt as lava?

Types of volcanic eruptions
  > What kinds of eruptions occur on Earth?
  > What kinds of eruptions occurred on other planets?
  > What factors influence the shapes of volcanoes?

Role of volcanism on planetary evolution
  > How do volcanoes benefit life on earth?
  > How do volcanoes help shape a planet?

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Last updated October 22, 2003.