dantes peak

Dante's Peak (1997)

Concept featured in clip: Composite Volcanoes
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Summary of clip: This clip begins with the townspeople running from the high school gymnasium when the volcano begins erupting and ends with the collapse of the highway overpass.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This flickclip introduces students to the serious hazards of volcanoes and is a good way to compare the composite volcano from this clip to other types of volcanoes.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a.Looking at this volcano as it erupts, can you tell what type of volcano it is?

b What famous volcanoes does the volcano from this movie resemble?

c. What are the characteristics of a composite volcano?

2. Have students research volcanic activity of famous composite volcanoes such as Mt. Vesuvius, Mt. Fuji, Mt. Pelee, Mount St. Helens, and Mt. Pinatubo.

3. In Hawaii, many tourists go to see the volcanoes erupt, but in this clip, everybody is panicking and running away. Students can investigate the differences between the eruption of Dante's Peak and the shield volcanoes in Hawaii.

4. Dante's Peak is a fictional volcano in the Cascade Range. Have students look at other Cascade Range volcanoes (Mount St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Shasta, etc.) and explore the tectonic boundaries there to explain the origin of these volcanoes.