Plate Tectonics and People


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Lesson 6 will take us one week to complete. This lesson is about volcanic eruptions.

What will we learn in Lesson 6?

By the end of Lesson 6, you should be able to:

  • Compare the size of historical eruptions in terms of explosivity and volume of ejected material.
  • List the types of material ejected from volcanoes during eruptions.
  • Correlate typical volcanic products with certain tectonic regimes.
  • Explain the life cycle of a caldera-forming volcano.
  • Debunk some commonly held myths concerning volcanoes and volcanic eruptions.
  • Interact with the real-time, volcano-monitoring datasets provided by the Volcanoes Exploration Program (hosted by the USGS).

What is due for Lesson 6?

The chart below provides an overview of the requirements for Lesson 6. For assignment details, refer to the lesson page noted.

Lesson 6 will take us one week to complete. 15 - 21 Jul 2020.

Lesson 6 Assignments
Requirement Submitted for Grading? Due Date
Reading Assignment: "Witness accounts of the catastrophic event of August 1986 at Lake Nyos (Cameroon)" No 21 Jul 2020
Eruptions problem set Yes - Turn it in to the "eruptions problem set" assignment in Canvas. 21 Jul 2020
Teaching and Learning II Yes - This will be part of your discussion grade for the course. Participate in the Canvas discussion called "Teaching/Learning 2" multiple participation spanning 15 - 21 Jul 2020


If you have any questions, please post them to our Questions? Discussion Forum (not e-mail). I will check that discussion forum daily to respond. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate.