Yellowstone Supervolcano May Wake Up Sooner Than We Thought

SCIENCE A new study of ancient ash suggests the “sleeping giant” could develop the conditions needed to blow in a span of mere decades. (Nat Geo News) What is the Yellowstone supervolcano? Use our super resource (including downloadable maps, videos, and photos) to learn more. Discussion Ideas The geologic feature beneath Yellowstone National Park is described as a “supervolcano.” How does a supervolcano differ from … Continue reading Yellowstone Supervolcano May Wake Up Sooner Than We Thought

Thousands Evacuate Bali Amid Fears of Volcanic Eruption

SCIENCE Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from an area around Mount Agung as hundreds of volcanic earthquakes were recorded in a single day. (The Australian and The Guardian) Where is Mount Agung? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit Text Set, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map.   Discussion Ideas Indonesian authorities have evacuated more than 75,000 … Continue reading Thousands Evacuate Bali Amid Fears of Volcanic Eruption

Why Two Volcanoes in Hawaii Are So Close, but So Different

SCIENCE Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two volcanoes which have beguiled millions of tourists visiting the Hawaiian islands, have also intrigued scientists with a long-running mystery: If they are so close together, how did they develop in two parallel tracks over the same hot spot—and why are their chemical compositions so different? (New York Times) Why are there volcanoes in Hawaii? Teachers, scroll down for … Continue reading Why Two Volcanoes in Hawaii Are So Close, but So Different

10 Things We Learned This Week!

What did you learn this week? We learned … … you can print your own portable universe—for free! How do cartographers usually depict the universe?   … how to navigate the languages of New York. Editor’s pick of the week! What other areas of the world rank highly in the language diversity index?   … why earworm songs are earworm songs. What songs are your … Continue reading 10 Things We Learned This Week!

11 Things We Learned This Week

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org. This week we learned … … an American won the Man Booker prize. Congratulations, Paul Beatty! What novels are you reading now?   … what wind, currents, and geography tell us about how people first settled Oceania. How do you think the remote islands of Australia and Oceania were populated? … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week