Text What is a volcano?

TLF ID M012554

This is an online resource about volcanoes that provides important information about what a volcano is, describes the three most common volcanoes and explains hazards caused by volcanic eruptions. Links in the right-hand menu provide additional volcano-related resources including publications, a volcano library catalogue and related websites. The resource is part of a larger website about volcanoes that contains additional relevant information.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a useful resource for the Landforms and landscapes unit of study in year 8 geography. It is relevant for the content description referring to the geomorphic processes that produce landforms. The information provided in the first section of the What is a volcano? resource is useful here.
  • This resource is also useful for the content description referring to impacts of geomorphic hazards. The Volcanic hazards section of the resource provides relevant information here, listing the hazards volcanic eruptions produce.
  • The resource may contribute to students attaining those elements of the year 8 geography achievement standard that refer to students describing how environmental processes contribute to change in places and the environment. The information provided about the three most common volcanoes - shield volcano, composite volcano, and caldera volcano - is useful here. The information about the eruption process and the changes that occur to the landscape resulting from the volcanic explosions and heat of the eruption is also relevant for this achievement standard.
Year level

8; 9

Learning area
  • Geography
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

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  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Organization: Commonwealth of Australia
  • URL: http://www.ga.gov.au
  • Publisher
  • Name: Geoscience Australia
  • Organization: Geoscience Australia
  • Description: Publisher
  • URL: http://www.ga.gov.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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