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Dante's Peak (1997)

Concept featured in clip: Volcanoes, Viscosity of Lava
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Connection of flickclip to the concept:This clip can allow the students to evaluate the different types of volcanoes and their properties. There are several different types of volcanoes, and they all have different characteristics, such as explosion and flow types. This clip shows one particular type of volcano, and from the scene the lava flow type can be determined.

Summary of clip:This clip takes place on Dante’s Peak, a stratovolcano in the Cascade Mountain Range. The mayor of the town, Rachel Wando, has two children, named Graham and Lauren. Once the volcano became active, the children left their home, alone, to travel up the mountain to pick up their grandmother, Ruth. Dr. Harry Dalton, a volcanologist, and Rachel must drive up the mountain to pick up the children, so they can evacuate the area. Once up the mountain, Harry is encouraging everyone to move quickly and leave, when the lava comes into the grandmother’s cabin.


Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

Students can evaluate the bad science they see in their particular scene. While there are known active volcanoes in the Cascade Range (i.e. Mt. Saint Helens), the properties they gave this volcano is not consistent with the type of volcano. The scene shows fast moving, low viscosity lava, which is not consistent with stratovolcanoes. Stratovolcanoes have lava that is highly viscous, and as a result does not move very quickly. Questions to consider:

  1. What type of volcano is depicted in Dante’s Peak?
  2. What type of lava flow is consistent with this volcano type?
  3. What type of lava flow do you see in this scene?
  4. Is this consistent with the volcano type?
  5. What type of volcano is this consistent with, and where can you find them?


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