The benefits of living near a volcano are enriched soil, opportunities to efficiently harness geothermal energy and potential tourist income. Metals and precious stones are also common in volcanic soil, and rivers flowin... More »

Lava, fragments and ash clouds from volcanoes all pose dangers to nearby residents and their property. Hot lava from effusive volcanoes can kill people and burn plants and buildings. Rock and material fragments that spew... More »

In some cases, locals live near volcanoes out of allegiance or personal connection to the area. Since active volcanoes may go hundreds or thousands of years without eruption, some residents are descendants of many genera... More »

Volcanic eruptions can affect the atmosphere and climate in the immediate vicinity of the volcano and also around the entire planet if the eruption is large enough. The main effect eruptions have on the weather near the ... More »

To build a composite volcano, get a cookie sheet, cardboard box, newspaper, brown paint, glue, tissue, baking soda, vinegar, dish washing liquid, a plastic bottle, modeling clay, red food coloring and glitter. Work on a ... More »

Every volcano has its own eruptive history, and most can be classified into three main types that are based on the volcano's general form and eruptive pattern. Categorizing a volcano as active, dormant or extinct is one ... More » Science Earth Science Volcanoes

Santa Maria is part of the Sierra Madre volcano range located in Guatemala. It first began erupting 30,000 years ago. It is a stratovolcano whose peak towers about 4,600 feet above the nearby city of Quetzaltenango. Its ... More »