Time to change this case study - or does it still work ? You decide...
Using the suggested sites (bottom of page), or relevant GOOGLE searches, you need to collect information to answer the following questions. (Could also be used with GCSE groups..)
There is a great deal of information available on the volcano and the Cascades range. The USGS are the main people to visit, and they have produced a wonderful education pack.
Copy and paste the questions below into a Word document.
1. Produce a diagram to show the location of Mt. St. Helens within the Cascades Range.
2. Describe Mt. St. Helens (Type of volcano, pre-eruption height etc.)
3. Describe the events leading up to the eruption of May 1980.
4. What happened during the eruption - what effects did the eruption have
a) in the local area
b) further away from the volcano
5. Go HERE, and read the narrative description. This will help you answer Q. 4 too.
6. How could future deaths be prevented ? Can eruptions be predicted ?
SUGGESTED SITES FOR THE EXERCISE
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Activities we use include a CHOROPLETH map showing the depth of ash at distances from the volcano and a STORYBOARD style activity showing the build up to the eruption using cartoon version of the story. Thanks to former colleague Mr. Francis for the choropleth shading activity.. Also use the excellent film: FIRE UNDER THE EARTH.
Why not take a VIRTUAL WALK up the mountain ? Click the link HERE and follow the Mt. St. Helens link - some nice images and commentary.
A good GOOGLE EARTH image can also be obtained of the mountain, and this area has a series of overlays and new images.
What about HARRY TRUMAN ? He always captures the imagination of those who hear his story... A search for his name finds a host of sites in tribute to him.
Check out Billy Jonas' Old Saint Helens track - do a Google search and you'll find an mp3 file... This is a VERY catchy piece of music, and my Year 9 students love it.
Lyrics sheet is also available for this song, which helps them get in the spirit of the lesson.
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