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The Best Sites For Learning About The Volcano In Iceland


The eruption in Iceland is certainly in the news today, so I’m just pulling together a few resources that people might find useful. I’ll also be adding this post to A Compilation Of “The Best…” Lists About Natural Disasters, where you’ll be able to find tons of other sites on volcanoes.

Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About The Volcano In Iceland (and are accessible to English Language Learners):

Iceland’s Beautiful Explosives is a slideshow from National Public Radio.

Iceland’s disruptive volcano is from the Boston Globe’s Big Picture.

Iceland’s Volcano Causes European Travel Chaos is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.

Icelandic ash cloud over Europe shuts all UK airports is an interactive from The Guardian.

Iceland Volcano Disrupts Travel is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.

CBS News has a number of multimedia resources on the volcano.

CBS also has a nice slideshow.

Volcano erupts in Iceland is a slideshow from the BBC.

CBS News also has an impressive interactive called Volcano!

Reuters has a video of the volcano erupting.

Volcano Continues to Disrupt Air Travel is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.

The Los Angeles Times also has a video.

The Erie Beauty of Iceland’s Volcanic Eruption is from TIME Magazine.

Iceland’s Volcano Disrupts Travel comes from The Denver Post.

Volcanoes: Why They Erupt Is an interactive from the Guardian.

Images from some of the biggest volcanic eruptions in history is a slideshow from Newsweek.

Volcanic Ash Blankets Europe is a series of photos from The Sacramento Bee.

What Causes Volcanoes? is an accessible guide from CBBC News.

How volcanoes can change the world is text from CNN that can be modified for ELL’s. The same page links to several good videos.

Airlines wary of volcanic ash threat is a video from MSNBC.

Eyjafjall erupts again is another video from MSNBC.

Will Volcano Eruptions End? is a video from ABC.

Volcanic Eruption in Iceland is a slideshow from ABC.

Why ash and aircraft don’t mix is a graphic from The Washington Post.

How volcanoes have shaped history is a great article from the BBC. The same page has links to many multimedia resources.

Here’s an animated guide to Volcanoes from the BBC.

The Associated Press has a good interactive on the volcano.

The Effects of Volcanic Ash on Airplanes is a CNN video.

Volcano Explorer is an interactive from Discovery.

Volcano Eruptions Intensify is a video from MSNBC.

Check-out this animated map of the ash fall-out from the volcano.

The Telegraph has multiple multimedia features on this page.

Iceland Volcano Part Two is a series of photos from The Sacramento Bee.

More from Eyjafjallajokull is from the Boston Globe’s Big Picture.

Trapped In Europe is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.

Iceland volcano: the latest spectacular pictures of the volcanic eruption is a slideshow from The Telegraph.

How the ash cloud is affecting European airports is an interactive map from The Guardian.

This page appears to be CNN’s main one for updated videos on the Iceland volcano.

Ashes to Airlines: Examining the Effects of a Volcanic Eruption on Our Global Community is a good lesson plan from The New York Times Learning Network. It would need to be modified for ELL’s, but there are some useful ideas there.

The Los Angeles Times has a special page filled with multimedia resources on the volcano.

MSNBC has several multimedia resources on this page.

The World’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes is a good infographic.

Volcanic Ash Tints Northern Lights is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.

Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano and the aurora borealis or Northern Lights is a slideshow from The Telegraph.

Freezing the volcano’s lightning is from Reuters.

“Major Volcanic Eruptions In Recent History” is an interactive timeline from The Wall Street Journal.

Monumental volcano eruptions from the past is a slideshow from the Los Angeles Times.

“Understanding The Eruption Of Eyjafjallajokull” is a very accessible infographic giving tons of information about the volcano in Iceland.

CBBC Newsround has a special section on Volcanoes.

Icelandic volcano: the ash cloud returns is the title of a new interactive from The Guardian.

Spectacular pictures of the volcano in Iceland erupting is a slideshow from The Telegraph.

Volcanic Ash Disrupts Travel Again is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.

Comparing Volcanoes is a nice infographic from GOOD Magazine.

Photo Gallery: Volcanoes is an amazing slideshow from National Geographic.

10 Most Incredible Volcanic Eruptions Ever Captured on Camera is a series of some pretty amazing photographs.

Eyjafjallajokull Volcano in Iceland: a book of photographs is a slideshow from The Telegraph. It also has some pretty amazing photos.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


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  2. I’m going to thank you for this list – and point people this way – and see if you can’t help spread the word on this Facebook therapy and info group for travelers stranded by volcanic fury.

    If we network, we can help one another with free lodging, travel plans, et cetera.



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  5. Another great post with amazing links. Have shared it with my class…one of whom was on Iceland just prior to and during the initial rumblings.

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