Physical Geography

Earth Science



Parent / Teacher Guide


To link volcanic activity to tectonic activity

To create awareness of types of volcano

To introduce the anatomy of a composite volcano



The student should learn about:

(a) The link between volcanic activity and hot spots / plate margins;

(b) The differences between composite and shield volcanoes;

(c) The main features of composite volcanoes;



The student should have knowledge and understanding of:

(a) Why volcanoes occur along plate margins;

(b) Where magma comes from and how it reaches the Earth's surface;

(c) How and why composite volcanoes form;

(d) The main features of a composite volcano, their origins and functions.

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