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Using Google Earth to Study the Basic Characteristics of Volcanoes

by: Stacia Schipper and Stephen Mattox

With the advent of Google Earth and the database of volcanoes supplied by the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program, students can describe almost any volcano on Earth. In this article, the authors guide students to use tools in Google Earth to quantify the characteristics of continuously active volcanoes and synthesize the information to recognize shield volcanoes, strato-volcanoes, cinder cones, and lava domes.

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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 11/1/2010Stock # ss10_034_03_28Volume 034Issue 03

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