How to Classify Volcanoes

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Resource Type:Teaching Media; Videos or Animations
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Organization:Geoscience Videos
Publication Date:2015
Summary:This video describes the features geologists use to classify common types of volcanoes. We compare and contrast the features of two types of large volcanoes - shield volcanoes and composite volcanoes. One of these types produces structures that can be larger than Mount Everest while the other represent the majority of dangerous active volcanoes on Earth. We also explain that two other types of smaller volcanic landforms are relatively common and often form in association with their larger brethren. Finally, you can take a simple volcano recognition quiz to try to classify five examples of US volcanoes. Visit our blog ( for a free quiz about the content in this video.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 3; Big Idea 8
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.B; ESS3.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:3-ESS3-1; 4-ESS2-2; 4-ESS3-2; HS-ESS3-1; MS-ESS3-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Engaging in argument from evidence
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Patterns
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; earth; elementary school; geology; geoscience; high school; k-12; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; k-6; k-8; k-9; middle school; united states; video; volcano; volcanology
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