Description

Cynthia Gardner

Geologist

USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory

Mount St. Helens is an active volcano. In March 1980, the volcano reawakened after 125 years of quiet with intense earthquakes and steam and ash emissions. Two months later, Mount St. Helens erupted violently, producing the worst volcanic disaster in the recorded history of the United States. What did scientists know in 1980? How did the eruption change their thinking? What would happen if Mount St. Helens erupted today?

Cynthia will talk about what happened at the volcano in 1980 and again in 2004-2008, and what Mount St. Helens taught us about the way volcanoes behave. Learning more about a volcano’s history and studying its past eruptions helps to understand what a volcano is capable of and how to prepare for the next eruption.

Since this is a special series on Nepris, all 3 Volcano Explorers Industry Chats are FREE for EVERYONE. When you sign up for one session you will be automatically signed up for the other two as well so that you have the option to participate in all three!

Since this is a special series on Nepris, all 3 Volcano Explorers Industry Chats are FREE for EVERYONE. When you sign up for one session you will be automatically signed up for the other two as well so that you have the option to participate in all three! - See more at: https://www.nepris.com/sessions/session/detail/49380#sthash.I2alYWVX.dpuf

Key Questions

  • What happened in the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens?  What happened during the 2004-2008 eruption of Mount St. Helens?
  • What did scientists know in 1980?
  • How did the eruption change scientists' understanding of volcanoes like Mount St. Helens?
  • What would happen if Mount St. Helens erupted today?

Expected Outcomes

Students will:

  • Learn about the incredible stories of Mount St. Helens eruptions from a geologist!
  • Learn about the way in which the Mount St. Helens eruption changed the world's scientific understanding of volcanoes.
  • Learn about how scientists use observations of volcanic eruptions and study eruptions from long ago to understand what a volcano is capable of and how to prepare for future eruptions.

Documents

Curriculum Alignment

Completed Date

 03/21/2017 1:00 PM   Eastern Time

Duration

 01:00

Presenter

Cynthia Gardner U.S. Geological Survey

Invitee

SAK

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Wendi Pillars JORDAN MATTHEWS HIGH

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Ann-Marie Colton STAFFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL

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Courtney Berkey MOLALLA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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lorraine pierce

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Lisa Ostreim

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Erin KEUTER

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Tovah Parsons ORCHARD MIDDLE SCHOOL

Observer

Liz Westby

Taker

David Davidson THOMAS FLEMING SCHOOL

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Mark Woolsey

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Samarpita Sarkar

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Genie Davis DETROIT INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AT CODY

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Samantha Kosakowski SPOFFORD POND

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Amy Bowen SAN ANTONIO ELEMENTARY

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Anna Digby LACREOLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Classes
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Grades
Grade 5   Grade 6   Grade 7   Grade 8  
Career Clusters
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics  
No. of Students
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Topic
Volcano Explorers 2 of 3: What does Mount St. Helens teach us?
Sub Topic
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Industry
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Skills/Specialties
Scientist   Volcanology   Volcanoes   Natural hazards   Science