Volcanic eruptions are fascinating and often violent geologic phenomena and throughout history they have been the cause of many fatalities. Nevertheless, people choose to live nearby and even on these magma filled chambers reaching down to the earth’s interior. Why do people choose to live near volcanoes when history tells us how dangerous it can be? Is there something in the volcanic ash that can be of benefit to us? Can we bring the enormous power of volcanos under our control and put it to good use? Volcanoes – Nature’s Catastrophes, investigates these questions.
The book is designed in such a way that it can be used at several educational levels in geography classes in upper secondary or high school, as well as further education colleges and adult education centres, or in interdisciplinary courses related to the topic of volcanoes.
The book aims to give the reader an insight into the different types of volcanoes and how the earth's structure affects their formation and activity. Through work with specific examples from Hawaii, Pompeii, Vesuvius and Yellowstone, the reader gains an understanding of the diversity of volcanoes. Along the way, readers also gain an understanding of the possibilities inherent in mining and agriculture near volcanoes, and its importance for people living in the affected areas.
Throughout the book there is focus on knowledge being conveyed, not only through the text, but also through a series of interactive features in the form of images, film, animations and student-motivating assignments. The reader is actively involved in the working through the questions that the book illustrates, in particular by carrying out experiments and producing videos of them in iMovie. Besides this, videos are produced about plate tectonic movements and articles written in the Pages app on volcanic influence on the climate.