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Mt. Vesuvius Webquest http://geology.com/volcanoes/vesuvius/ 1. Where is Mt. Vesuvius located? 2. Find and insert a web address and an image that shows the location of Mt. Vesuvius. 3. Insert the google earth image of Mt. Vesuvius. Use command-shift-4 and drag a window around what you want to copy. Then drag it from your desktop to your document. 4. When was the largest eruption of Mt. Vesuvius? 5. What cities were affected? 6. Explain the plate tectonics responsible for the creation and continued eruptions of Mt. Vesuvius. Be sure to include how volcanoes are formed. 7. Find and insert an image of subduction and insert the web address for a good simulation of subduction. Try to make them specific to Mt. Vesuvius. http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/pompeii/interactive/interactive.html 8. Explore the different types of volcanoes and the inside of a volcano. 9. Change the viscosity and gas content and see what various types of volcanoes you can build and what their characteristics are. 10. What type of volcano is Mt. Vesuvius? What are its characteristics? http://www.volcanolive.com/vesuvius.html 11. About how often does Mt. Vesuvius erupt? 12. Read about some of the events around Mt. Vesuvius. 13. Scroll down and explore further “The Eruption of 79AD”. 14. What events happened previous to 79AD that might have given scientists in our current time clues that Mt. Vesuvius might become active? 15. Describe what happened during the 79AD eruption. 16. Click on “Description by Pliny the Younger”. 17. What was falling on the ship that went to investigate and ultimately to try to help rescue? 18. How were people’s breathing made difficult? Pompeii Day Project Video For our Pompeii Days, each class will re-create a mini-drama of the events of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79AD. There will be a humanities, math and science component. For the science component, we will try to explain the plate tectonics behind the formation of Mt. Vesuvius. 1. What do you think is important to include in a scientific explanation of the Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79AD? 2. What boundary type is Mt. Vesuvius located near? 3. Why is it important that Pompeii is located near this type of boundary? 4. What kinds of things might you see, smell, hear, feel at the surface when Mt. Vesuvius is erupting? 5. Explain how the plates move. 6. Explain subduction and how Mt. Vesuvius was formed. How can you make each of these interesting in a video? Highly dramatic? Funny? stereotypically science geeky? Brainstorm some ideas below for how to include the science information into the skit.
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