Text What causes volcanoes?

TLF ID M012555

This is an online resource about the causes of volcanoes, part of a larger resource about volcanoes. It includes sections on the Earth's tectonic plate margins spreading, the Earth's tectonic plate margins subducting, and predicting volcanic eruptions. The image at the top of the screen illustrates the inside workings of a volcano. Links on the right-hand side provide additional resources including publications, a volcano library catalogue and other relevant websites.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a very useful resource for the year 9 science curriculum. It is particularly relevant for the content description referring to the theory of plate tectonics and geological movement patterns. The introductory paragraph and the Spreading plate margins and Subducting plate margins sections of the resource are particularly relevant as they describe the way tectonic plates influence and interact with volcanoes.
  • This is a useful resource for the Landscapes unit of study in year 8 geography. It is relevant to the content description referring to the geomorphic processes that produce landforms. The information provided about the spreading and subducting motion of tectonic plate margins is relevant here. The image illustrating the inside of a volcano is also useful; this image can be enlarged by selecting it.
  • The resource is also useful for the year 8 geography content description in the Landscapes unit of study referring to the causes of geomorphic hazards. The Predicting eruptions section of the resource is relevant here. It describes the changes that take place inside a volcano that may indicate an eruption is imminent.
Year level

8; 9

Learning area
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

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  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Organization: Commonwealth of Australia
  • URL: http://www.ga.gov.au
  • Publisher
  • Name: Geoscience Australia
  • Organization: Geoscience Australia
  • Description: Publisher
  • URL: http://www.ga.gov.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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