Kuril Islands Volcanoes
Compare images from two volcanic eruptions in the Kuril Islands which occurred ten years apart and complete a graphic organizer for impacts on different Earth spheres.
- Examine the images to complete a graphic organizer and answer questions. Check with your instructor on how to submit answers.
- Examine the image snapped from the International Space Station of the Sarychev Volcano in the Kuril Islands which are northeast of Japan. It is a photo of an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009.
- Describe the impact you think the eruption could have on the Earth spheres: Atmosphere (air), Biosphere (living things), Cryosphere (ice and snow), Geosphere (land and soil), and Hydrosphere (water). Use the graphic organizer provided. NOTE: You will be filling it in for another image as well. Plan to use a different color or font to tell them apart.
- Now, examine the image (also taken from the International Space Station) of the Raikoke Volcano, also in the Kuril Islands. This eruption occurred on June 22, 2019.
- Describe the impact you think the eruption could have on the Earth spheres: Atmosphere (air), Biosphere (living things), Cryosphere (ice and snow), Geosphere (land and soil), and Hydrosphere (water). Use the same graphic organizer provided. Record your observations for the new volcano in a different font or a different color.
- Compare the two images and use your graphic organizer to answer the following questions.
- Compare the two images. What are the similarities and differences in the images?
- The volcanoes happened approximately 30 km apart. What does this tell you about the area?
- Make a claim about the volcanoes in the area. Use the evidence from the images and give your reasoning.
- Sarychev Peak Eruption, Kuril Islands. (2009, June 21). NASA Earth Observatory. Retrieved April 29, 2022, from https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/38985/sarychev-peak-eruption-kuril-islands
- Voiland, A., Klemetti, E., Carn, S., & Prata, A. (2019, June 24). Raikoke Erupts. NASA Earth Observatory. Retrieved April 29, 2022, from https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145226/raikoke-erupts
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