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Build your own Eyjafjallajökull 30 April 2010

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Cut-out 3D volcano model from the British Geological Survey

Fancy your own table-top volcano? Well, with card, scissors, glue, and a little patience, you can build your own three-dimensional model of Eyjafjallajökull, courtesy of the British Geological Survey. Just print off their PDF of the component parts from the BGS website (in colour, preferably) and cut them out* and put them together according to the instructions and hey presto, your very own Eyjafjallajökull.

The model is both a cut-out and a cut-away, as it is designed to reveal the volcano’s inner workings in schematic form, and it comes complete with ash-laden plume. The BGS website says the model is ‘intended as a simple guide to understanding how volcanoes such as Eyjafjallajökull are influenced by tectonic plate activity along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge’.

* When it comes to the cutting out, ‘you may need to get an adult to help you’.

Other model volcanoes: John Seach’s baking soda volcano; a USGS-approved paper volcano; a really explosive model volcano; several different model volcanoes in a range of materials; some artificial volcanoes for the home, several of them highly dangerous.

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1. Gijs de Reijke - 30 April 2010

Don’t forget the Magmasaurus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PuagGJ1ZQg


2. Susan G. - 1 May 2010

I am so going to download this and build my own Iceland volcano! It looks great – neat work from the BGS.

3. EDantes - 2 May 2010

Me again. I’m still checking in on the iceland earthquake website on a daily basis (everyone needs a hobby…). Last two days showed no earthquakes around Eyjafjallajökull and I thought, hey, it’s quieting down. Maybe Katla won’t follow suit this time. Then, bored I suppose with that thought :D I clicked on this page:


Um, woah, the amplitudes on the tremor charts are all ramping up. And according to this image map that lets you pull up the other nearby sensors:


Every sensor in a 100km radius is also showing a ramp up in amplitude.

4. Mel - 2 May 2010

These models also work very well when you add a little epindorf tube or some such into the crater. Then add your baking soda and vinegar and talk with the kids about where the flow goes. Who is in danger? (There is usually a town drawn on these models) Etc. It is a great way to make these cut-out models interactive for kids. Of course then they get wet and messy, but you can just print and cut out a new one!

5. admin - 2 May 2010

EDantes – Tremor is increasing markedly at Eyjafjallajökull. There is no sign of tremor or any other activity at Katla.

Mel – thanks for the tip, messy but educational!

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