Natural History Museum

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On Monday 26th February, a group of Year 9 students visited the Natural History Museum in London, as part of their learning about earthquakes and volcanoes in geography.

The Earthquakes and Volcanoes gallery at the museum was refurbished a couple of years ago and is now slick and informative, but we are pleased to report that the famous earthquake simulator has remained, and still it provides the closest experience of being in an earthquake you can find without being caught up in a real one! You can also still see the models of the plaster casts that were made using the air spaces in the ash at Pompeii, in Italy, following the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

The students took some of our shared iPads with them and used the information in the gallery to produce eBooks on the 'Book Creator' app, answering some different enquiry questions about earthquake and volcanoes. All of the eBooks have been turned into videos and uploaded to our YouTube channel - some of our favourites also appear here.

What happens when volcanoes erupt?

Tiara, Maleeha and Zunaira produced this eBook in answer to the question above.

Do the benefits of volcanoes outweigh the risks?

Here is Prima and Jenna's take on this question.

Volcanoes and earthquakes: which pose the greatest hazard?

Joshua and Robin concluded that earthquakes do - here's why.

Earthquakes and volcanoes: which hazard is easiest to manage?

Shimeah, Jazneek and Sanjana consider some factors that would affect this.

You can see the other eBooks on the Geography Department's YouTiube channel - click HERE to visit it