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Uncovering our explosive past

How do volcanoes work? Where do they form? And what does this mean for the people that live around them? Meet the scientists finding the answers to these questions.

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Finding your way around

There are several different ways to discover the site's resources and their related content, along with ideas for grouping them for teaching opportunities:

  • The collections contain groups of related resources about Volcanoes.
  • The Connections tool is a visual interactive pathway to discovering the resources and related content for Volcanoes.
  • The printable context overview will assist teachers to find pathways through this context and to plan lessons and units of work.

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    Exploring magma formation

    Research by some New Zealand scientists suggests that not all volcanoes have a magma chamber lying underneath. Professor Richard Price of the University of Waikato has proposed a new model to explain...

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    Exercise Ruaumoko

    Exercise Ruaumoko was an imagined scenario of a volcanic eruption in New Zealand. A team of people gathered to see if the city of Auckland would cope.

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    Volcanology methods

    Scientists use a range of different methods to study volcanoes, combining fieldwork with laboratory techniques to form a detailed picture.

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    Types of volcanic rock

    Different types of magma are associated with different volcanoes. When the volcanoes erupt, different types of rock are formed – basalt, andesite and rhyolite.

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Volcano map of New Zealand

This interactive map shows details of the major volcanoes in New Zealand.


NZ Research

NZ Research collection.
NZ Research collection. This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to Volcanoes....

Science Ideas and Concepts

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.
Science Ideas and Concepts collection. Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...

Looking Closer

Looking Closer collection.
Looking Closer collection.
This collection contains a wide variety of resources and information about Volcanoes, which supports the resources in the other...


People collection.
People collection. This collection introduces some of the people working or studying in the areas explored in Volcanoes. Click on a name to find out more...

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.
Teaching and Learning Approaches collection. Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Volcanoes.


Timeline collection.
Timeline collection. A timeline of volcanic eruptions in New Zealand and some other key world events.

Question Bank

Question Bank collection.
Question Bank collection. An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about Volcanoes...

Key Terms

Key Terms collection.
Key Terms collection. This resource provides explanations of the key concepts encountered when exploring Volcanoes – the ‘basics’ that every student...

Sci Media

Sci Media collection.
Sci Media collection. This collection is where you can find all the images, video clips, animations and interactives that relate to Volcanoes.

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