We have had a great start to Term 3! This term we are volcanologists and are learning about the different types of Volcanoes, how they work and are discovering the Volcanoes we have here in New Zealand!
We wonder how many volcanoes there are in New Zealand and how active they are!
We know a volcano is a mountain that has a molten pool of rock below the surface of the Earth (Magma). When pressure build up, eruptions occur. Gases and rock shoot up through the opening and spill over or fill the air with lava fragments. There are different kids of volcanoes of all shapes and sizes.
We have also learnt about how volcanoes are formed through plate tectonics. New Zealand is made up of many volcanoes with some still being very active! Volcanoes form when magma from within the earths surface works its way up to release pressure. It erupts to form lava flows and ash. Over time a volcano erupts and continues to erupt getting bigger and bigger!