Volcanic Eruption Research 

Introduction | Task | Process | Resources | Evaluation | Conclusion


One of the most powerful volcanic eruptions occurred in Italy in 79 A.D. Some geologists estimate the explosion as equal to the force of 40 atomic bombs being detonated simultaneously. We are going to look at the geologic forces that precipitated this eruption and six other historical eruptions.



The Task:

 You are going to research the geologic history of six volcanic eruptions.  You will gather information on these volcanoes and answer questions based on your internet research.  


The Process:

At the computer:

  1. Read all directions before you click.

  2. Click on worksheet and print your research questions. Preview the questions to help direct you in you research.

  3. Click on Mt. Vesuvius

  4. Read material on page and click on Pompeii.

  5. Read information on 79 A.D. eruption.  Take notes on highlighted words and accessing each one gathering more data.

  6. Scroll down to bottom of page and click Return to Volcanoes.

  7. Read information about the types of volcanoes. Access each area offered.

  8. Complete volcanic worksheet.



Volcanic eruption worksheet.  View and print before beginning your WebQuest.

Mt. Vesuvius - Pompeii

Mt. Vesuvius



Students work will be based on the following criteria:



After concluding this WebQuest activity the student will feel more practiced at  accessing multiple pages on internet. The student will gain knowledge of historical volcanic eruptions on our planet and tie this knowledge in with the Plate Tectonic theory. Most importantly, the student will be reminded that our planet is a living and dynamic planet.


Volcanic Eruption Research WebQuest was designed and researched by Robin Bias
Eighth grade teacher at Eastern Guilford Middle School (Guilford County Schools) in Gibsonville, NC.


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