K-12 Resources & Media

What's Ash Anyway? (January 2012)
Learn about the ash that comes from volcanoes with Dr. Liz Cottrell, a geologist from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.



Plate Tectonics (January 2012)
Smithsonian geologist Liz Cottrell of the National Museum of Natural History shows us the tools she uses to learn more about whats buried beneath the Earth's crust.



Volcanoes Under Pressure (January 2012)
Dr. Liz Cottrell, a geologist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, talks about what happens inside a volcano that causes it to erupt.



Understanding the Japan Earthquake (March 2011)
Smithsonian geologist, Dr. Liz Cottrell, discusses the March 11, 2011, Japan earthquake and the mechanics that caused it.



Smithsonian geologist puts Eyjafjallajökull eruption in perspective (May 2010)
Eyjafjallajökull's eruption may be a hassle if you had any transatlantic flights planned this summer. For scientists, however, volcanic eruptions are the only way they can obtain samples from deep within the Earth to learn more about our planet, its formation, and its ongoing evolution. How long will this eruption last? How does it compare to other volcanoes around the world and throughout history? Smithsonian Geologist Liz Cottrell helps put this recent eruption into perspective.



Recreating volcanoes in a lab (May 2010)
Smithsonian geologist Liz Cottrell of the National Museum of Natural History shows us the tools she uses to learn more about what's buried beneath the Earth's crust.



Ask the Smithsonian Volcanologist (April 2010)
Dr. Rick Wunderman from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Global Volcanism Program answers your questions about the Icleandic volcano (Eyjafjallajokull) eruption. Could this eruption disrupt the Gulf Stream? Is this eruption caused by human activity? Could it cause global temperatures to rise?