Background and Directions

In this exercise, you will take a virtual tour around the world in Google Earth to look at different types of volcanoes.

  • Download the Google Earth program to your computer. (Don’t use the browser-based Google Earth that only works in Google Chrome.)
  • To launch Google Earth with plate boundaries overlain, visit USGS Earthquake Hazards Program.Click on “Tectonic Plate Boundaries.” Google Earth should load.
  • Click on and that should load a second layer, this one of volcanoes.
  • The volcanoes of the world should now appear if you zoom in far enough.
  • Take a geographic journey around the world and report on the following types of volcanoes.
  • You’re welcome to access information from other sources to complete the questions on this tour.

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