Archive for January, 2011

Make Your Own Volcano

January 31st, 2011 -- Posted in Volcanoes | No Comments »

Whether for a science fair or for an earth science class, the school project all kids look forward to is to make their own volcano. I remember having a tall stratovolcano in mind, and being horribly embarrassed by my flat-as-a-pancake shield volcano. My volcano was all the more wretched by the fact that red molten lava didn’t spew out of it like some of the other kid’s projects did.

Kids With Their Volcano

But what an exciting time that was at school. I learned about the different kinds of volcanoes, how volcanoes are created, what our planet is like inside, and the effects of volcanic eruptions. Kids even talked about volcanoes at recess. That didn’t happen at any other time of the year. I’ve included some links for you to help your child with their important science project, lest they end up like me. Click here for steps to learn how to make your own volcano. Click here to see how to make your volcano erupt.

The Day the World Ended

January 22nd, 2011 -- Posted in Earthquakes, Natural Disasters, Volcanoes | No Comments »

If you’re at all like me, you enjoy watching disaster films. Asteroid collisions, volcanic eruptions, mega earthquakes, are all events I love to see (fictionalized—not the real thing). Today the Syfy Channel has a disaster film marathon. With movies like NYC Tornado Terror, Category 6: Day of Destruction, Megafault, and Volcano: Nature Unleashed, scientists and regular citizens scramble to prevent the ultimate disaster that will end the world. In these films earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or extreme weather systems threaten the world as we know it.

Earthquake Fault

I examined what it is I love so much about these kinds of movies and here’s what I discovered. There are people out there who dedicate their lives to studying our planet—disaster films give them the recognition they deserve—as it is often their expertise that saves mankind. The threat of disaster or dealing with the aftermath of the disaster brings people together, giving a sense of hope for the future, that facing the worst the planet has in store for us, we will survive. I also like that sense of survival that comes out in these films, people have to use their wits to stay alive, they have to step up and be brave and do whatever it takes to live. Another thing I enjoy is the often thought-provoking question that many of these films ask. What about you? Share your thoughts on this topic.