Blog Posts Tagged "hotspots"

Why Starting a Relationship with a Hotspot is Going to be Complicated

Hotspots are like the strong, silent type. On the surface it is obvious they are very powerful, but it is difficult to find out what is going on with them underneath the surface, because there is no way to force your way down there.

Hands-on Ways to Visualize the Earth’s Layers

Even though we are drilling into rock above the ocean floor, our main objective is to understand better what is happening inside the earth’s mantle. Here are a couple activities that can help students visualize the Earth’s interior in a hands-on way.

The Rise of a Volcanic Island

If you lived your life like a volcanic island, you would spend a long time growing without anyone knowing you were there, have an explosive debut into the atmosphere, continue growing but become much less explosive resulting in a bunch of resort hotels being built all over you, become so heavy you make the ground sink underneath you until you disappear from view and then end your life by fallin

Hotspot Eruption in the Classroom

One advantage teaching science has over pretty much all other subjects is the ability to bring in cool demonstrations and hands-on activities to introduce and reinforce concepts.

The Decline and Fall of a Volcanic Island

Someday, seventy million years from now when the cockroach people are the dominant species on the planet, they are going to have their own marine research drilling program and are going to be drilling on a seamount whose top is 1,500 meters below the surface, and are going to be surprised when they discover a sedimentary core that has a Don Ho record in it, because it turns out the seamount is

Why a Magnetometer Can be a Hotspot Scientist’s Best Friend

The scientists’ ability to determine whether the Louisville hotspot has been moving inside the Earth is dependent on our paleomagnetists’ ability to see how the Earth’s magnetic field affects volcanic rock. To find out why, drink a latte and read on, because it’s a little long.