Hawaii Hotspot: Resources to Support NGSS Phenomena

Created by NASA Wavelength Last updated 5/31/2018

Volcanoes are a phenomenon rich in geologic, atmospheric and hydrologic Earth sciences (e.g., NGSS ESS2.B Plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions) – and are also highly fascinating to the general public. This phenomenon hit the media on May 3, 2018 when Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea erupted. We were immediately captivated. We now anticipate daily updates. We are learning – and speaking – a new vocabulary: seismicity, rift zone, explosion, fissure, lava flow, spattering, volcanic glass, plume, and laze. As one of the world’s most active volcanoes, the action continues - something to keep tuned in to and to learn from during the summer.