Beginning from a deceivingly simple home page, this website from the University of North Dakota contains an impressive array of information that will prove invaluable to a number of audiences. The "Starting Points" page, for example, leads one to sections on currently erupting volcanoes, on volcanoes of the world, to images and information about specific volcanoes, and to information on volcanic parks, monuments, and observatories. The "Volcanoes of the World" section may prove to be the most critical section to many users. This page provides a clickable map of the world, whereby one may retrieve an exhaustive list of the world's volcanoes by country or by continent. Clicking on the name of a specific peak retrieves a topical page on the volcano, including photographic images, an essay with links from highlighted geological terms to an excellent online glossary, and a bibliography of sources consulted for the article. The "Ask a Volcanologist" section allows the user to write to the volcanologists and other scientists who maintain Volcano World. This section includes an excellent Frequently Asked Questions page that provides a wealth of diverse facts, from describing the volcano that killed the most people in modern history (Tambora in Indonesia killed approximately 92,000 in 1815) to a listing of all active Hawaiin volcanoes. The "Kid's Door" section includes school project ideas, descriptions of activities, and childrens' art. The "Teaching And Learning" section will prove invaluable to secondary school teachers and to college education majors. It includes a variety of lesson plans for teachers, lessons and activities for students, and links to sources of other information about volcanoes. Extensive teaching modules are provided, which include classroom goals, objectives, key concepts, materials needed, instructional strategies, and evaluation questions. This site should well serve college and university undergraduate science and science education students, as well as secondary school students and teachers.
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