Physical Geography

Earth Science

Volcano Case Study: Mt. St.Helens, USA


Parent / Teacher Guide


To present the student with evidence of a major volcanic eruption

To allow the student to relate theory to actual events

To provide Case Study information for use in the GCSE examination



The student should learn about:

(a) The location of Mt. St.Helens in relation to major tectonic features;

(b) The effects of the eruption on the volcano;

(c) The effects of the eruption on the surrounding area;

(d) The human and social consequences of the eruption.



The student should have knowledge and understanding of:

(a) A recent volcanic eruption;

(b) The primary and secondary consequences of volcanic eruptions;

(c) How eruptions influence areas long after the initial event.

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