OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Project Plan: "Life on a Fiery Planet"

Team Members:

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Country: _________________________

Volcano: _________________________

Instructions: Using resource materials supplied by your teacher or found in your school library, research answers to the following questions about the volcano you have been assigned. Be prepared to share your answers with your teammates.

  1. Where does your volcano fit in the volcanic history of your country? Is it part of a chain of volcanoes? Is it the only volcano in its region? How does it compare to others in your country, in terms of age, dates of eruptive periods, kinds and magnitude of eruptions, etc.? How does it compare with other volcanoes in your country in terms of impact on the physical landscape? the country's geography? Human life and culture? What is its current status? Its predicted future?
  2. What types of human communities surround your assigned volcano? Are they rural? urban? What kinds of technology are available to them today? How do they make their living? Do they all speak the same language? Which cultural groups have been most affected by your mountain's eruptive history? How are they different/similar in lifestyle, religion, politics, economics, etc.?
  3. Of the cultural groups living in close proximity to it, which one best reflects the impact of its eruptive episodes? Where is evidence of that impact found? Is it evident in their art, literature, dance, music, religion, government, ways of making a living, styles of architecture, level of modernization, etc.?
  4. Did any of your mountain's past volcanic events have a global effect? Consider its possible effect on other parts of the world, due to changes in culture, disaster effects such as famine or plague, climate and weather, etc.
  5. Do the human communities that live close to your volcano appear to take into account the possibility of future cataclysmic events in their own backyards? Is the threat of future eruptions reflected in new technology? new land uses or management policies? monitoring and evacuation plans? protected areas like parks, preserves, monuments, study and recreation areas? religious beliefs? customs and folklore? new economic bases like mining or tourism?
  6. Make two lists below, one showing the direct and indirect negative effects of your mountain on nearby human communities, the other its benefits (direct and indirect.)

 

Negative Effects			Benefits

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