Bringing An Icelandic Volcano Closer To Home

untitledThis is a nice little tool to use in any lessons about volcanic eruptions – thanks to Alan Parkinson and Bob Lang for bringing it to my attention on Twitter.

It focuses on the 2014 eruption of the Bárðarbunga volcanic system in Iceland that emitted large volumes of sulphur dioxide that impacted on air quality in Iceland.

The eruption began on August 29, 2014 and ended on February 27, 2015, and actually took place in the lava field of Holuhraun northeast of the Bárðarbunga caldera, where 1.6km3 of lava was produced, covering the immediate vicinity.

This simple tool allows you to type in a post code – perhaps of a student’s home or the school – and then shows the extent of lava coverage of the Bárðarbunga eruption as applied to this location.

You can choose to display it as a map or as a satellite image. This is what it would have looked like if the eruption was centred on my old school:

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About devongeography

Head of Geography and Assistant Vice Principal at South Molton Community College, North Devon. Exeter Chiefs supporter!
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