Plate Tectonics and People


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Lesson 6 will take us two weeks 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 two weeks to complete. 18 Oct - 31 Oct 2017.

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 24 Oct 2017
Eruptions problem set Yes - Turn it in to the "eruptions problem set" assignment in Canvas. 31 Oct 2017
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 18 Oct - 31 Nov 2017


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.