Choose the correct option
The forces arising from the interior of the earth:
- Endogenic forces
- Exogenic forces
- Platonic forces
- Interior forces
A vent in the earth's crust from which fiery hot magma erupts from the earth's interior:
Which of the following is NOT a cause of volcanic eruptions?
- Heat and pressure outside the earth
- Plate Tectonics
- Magma chamber
- Heat and pressure inside the earth
Heat and pressure outside the earth
Which amongst the following is NOT a product of volcano?
- Solid Matter
A huge magma chamber which is joined to the earth's surface by a conduit under a volcano:
- Dormant volcano
- Volcanic vent
The lava flows out through an opening in the earth's crust called:
- Volcanic vent
- Plate tectonics
During repeated eruptions the summit of a volcano may be blown up leaving a large depression called:
- Hot springs
- Circum belt
............... is a fountain of hot water and steam that escapes when underground water comes into contact with hot volcanic rocks.
- Hot springs
Which of the following is NOT correct?
- Extinct Volcano: Mt. Kenya
- Dormant Volcano : Mt. Kilimanjaro
- Extinct Volcano : Mt. Etna
- Active Volcano : Mt. Stromboli
Extinct Volcano : Mt. Etna
Which of the following is NOT a constructive effect of volcanoes?
- Landform formation
- Geothermal energy
The volcanoes that occur near Earthquake belts and tectonic plate boundaries:
- Pacific ring of fire
- Midworld mountain belt
Pacific Ring of fire
Mt. Vesuvius, Mt. Etna are located in the:
- Circum Pacific belt
- Midworld Mountain Belt
- Pacific Ring of fire
- None of the above
Midworld Mountain Belt
.................. are also known as Thermal Springs.
- Hot springs
Among Circum Pacific Belt, ................ active volcanoes in Indonesia are included.
Short Answer Questions
What is a volcano? Give one example.
A volcano is a vent in the earth's crust from which fiery hot magma erupts from the earth's interior. For example, Mt. Stromboli in Italy.
What is the difference between magma and lava?
|The molten rock material inside the earth is known as magma.||When magma reaches the surface of the earth, it is known as lava.|
Give one example each of an active volcano and a dormant volcano.
Active volcano - Mt. Etna in Italy
Dormant volcano - Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa
What is the difference between dormant volcano and an extinct volcano?
|Dormant volcano||Extinct volcano|
|These volcanoes have not erupted in recent historical period.||These volcanoes have not erupted in the present geological period.|
|They may become active at any time.||They are not likely to become active again.|
|For example- Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa||For example- Mt. Kenya in Africa|
What is the magma chamber of a volcano? State the products erupted by a volcano.
The molten material while still under the earth's surface, melts weak rocks and creates a huge chamber for itself. Fresh magma continues to pour inside the chamber. This is known as magma chamber.
A volcano erupts a number of products like steam, gases, molten rock, dust, ashes and other liquid and solid matter.
Name two types of landforms made by volcanoes. Give an example of each type.
Two types of landforms made by volcanoes are-
1. Volcanic Plateaus — For example, Plateau of Peninsular India
2. Volcanic mountains — For example, Mauna Loa in Hawaii
What is the Pacific Ring of Fire? Why is it so called?
The Pacific Ring of Fire is near the earthquake belt around the young fold mountains. It is called so because over 80% of the total number of active volcanoes are concentrated in this region. Among these are included 40 active volcanoes in Andes, over 100 in the Philippines, 70 in Indonesia and 40 in Japan.
Describe the two causes of volcanic eruptions.
The two causes of volcanic eruptions are-
1. Heat and Pressure inside the Earth — Temperature and pressure both increase from the surface towards the centre of the earth. Rocks are bad conductors of heat. So the earth’s heat does not escape on its own. Instead it melts the rocks and builds up great pressure. The pressure forces the heat to find an escape route through fissures and cracks in the rocks.
2. Plate Tectonics — Most volcanic eruptions take place near plate margins. When these plates slide past each other or collide against each other due to intense heat inside the earth's core, their edges produce faults along the lines of weakness. It is along these plate boundaries that the crust is weakened and through which the hot magma gushes out leading to volcanic eruptions.
Describe the two types of volcanoes, giving an example of each type.
The two types of volcanoes are-
1. Active volcanoes — These are the volcanoes which are presently in active state and which have erupted in the recent past. For example, Mt. Etna in Italy.
2. Dormant volcanoes — These volcanoes have not erupted in recent historical period. They may become active at any time. For example, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.
Give a geographical reason for each of the following:
(i) Many volcanoes are found along plate boundaries.
(ii) Volcanic mountains are the most diverse mountains in the world.
(iii) Hot springs have medicinal properties to cure skin diseases.
(i) Many volcanoes are found along plate boundaries because when tectonic plates slide past each other or collide against each other due to intense heat inside the earth's core, their edges produce faults along the lines of weakness. It is along these plate boundaries that the crust is weakened and through which the hot magma gushes out leading to volcanic eruptions.
(ii) Volcanic mountains are the most diverse mountains in the world because there are great differences in volcanic eruptions as well as materials they throw up.
(iii) Hot springs have medicinal properties to cure skin diseases since they are a rich source of sulphur.
Draw a well labelled diagram showing the different parts of a volcano and the products erupted by it.
Explain briefly the landforms created by volcanoes on the surface of the earth.
The landforms created by volcanoes on the surface of the earth are-
1. Volcanic Plateaus — These are derived from lava which flows from volcanic eruptions. For example, Columbian Plateau.
2. Volcanic Mountains — These mountains are built from material ejected from the fissures of the earth's crust. For example, Mauna Loa in Hawaii.
3. Volcanic Plains — These plains are formed by extensive volcanic flooding from volcanic centres. For example, Victorian Plains in Victoria.
4. Caldera Lake — A large depression at the summit of a volcano is called a caldera. When this depression gets filled with water, it forms a lake known as caldera lake. For example, Crater Lake in USA.
5. Hot springs — The movement of magma in the interior of the earth heats up underground water particularly around magma chambers. When water turns into steam, it gushes up to the surface. Hot springs are a rich source of sulphur. For example, hot springs at Manikaran in Kullu Valley, Himachal Predesh.
6. Geysers — It is a fountain of hot water and steam that escapes when underground water comes into contact with hot volcanic rocks. For example, the Old Faithful geyser in Wyoming, USA.
Write any three destructive effects of volcanoes.
Three destructive effects of volcanoes are-
- When the volcanoes erupt they destroy life and property. The hot lava together with ash and dust destroy not only human beings but also animals as well as plant life.
- Agricultural fields are covered with layers of volcanic ash and dust making them unsuitable for cultivation.
- Huge clouds are formed after the eruption of volcanoes causing heavy rains which result in floods and landslides.
Explain the following terms:
(i) Volcanic Cone
(i) Volcanic Cone — The erupted fluid material being hot collects around the vent and begins to cool gradually and solidifies. The accumulation of material around the vent gives to the volcano its typical cone-like shape known as a volcanic cone.
(ii) Caldera — A large depression at the summit of a volcano is called a caldera.
(iii) Geyser — It is a fountain of hot water and steam that escapes when underground water comes into contact with hot volcanic rocks. For example, the Old Faithful geyser in Wyoming, USA.
Describe world distribution of volcanoes.
Volcanoes are found along the weak zones of the earth’s crust where due to continuous tussle by tectonic forces maximum active volcanoes have created. The important volcanic zones of the world are-
1. Circum-Pacific Belt — The volcanoes occur near the earthquake belts around the young fold mountains. It is also known as 'Pacific Ring of Fire' because over 80% of the total number of active volcanoes are concentrated in this region. Among these are included 40 active volcanoes in Andes, over 100 in the Philippines, 70 in Indonesia and 40 in Japan.
2. Mid-World Mountain Belt — Mt. Stromboli, Mt. Vesuvius and Mt. Etna are located in the Midworld Mountain Belt. The only active volcano in India, in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is also located in this belt. The Hawaiian Islands, Canary Islands, Mt. Kenya are all in the Midworld Mountain belt.
Imagine that you had gone for a holiday and an extinct volcano erupted. List the consequences.
If an extinct volcano erupted during a holiday, it could have significant consequences. Here are some of the potential outcomes:
- Lava flows — The eruption could produce fast-moving lava flows, which could endanger the lives of the people and cause damage to properties.
- Ash clouds — The volcanic ash cloud could disrupt flights, causing travel chaos for tourists. It could also cause respiratory problems for people with pre-existing health conditions.
- Landslides and mudflows — The eruption could trigger landslides and mudflows in the surrounding areas.
- Environmental damage — The eruption could have long-term environmental effects, such as damage to vegetation, wildlife habitats, and ecosystems. Climate changes could also result from the eruption.
- Economic impact — The eruption could cause significant economic losses for the tourism industry in the region.
- Emergency response — The eruption would require an emergency response to evacuate people from the area and provide them with basic necessities such as food, water, and medical supplies.
Suppose you are living in an area known for volcanic eruptions. One day, when you were sitting in your balcony, you suddenly noticed a volcano erupting at a distance. State what happened thereafter.
One day, when I was sitting in my balcony, I suddenly noticed a volcano erupting at a distance. It was a horrifying sight.
- I saw a plume of ash rising from the volcano. It was a thick, dark cloud that blocked out the sun.
- Bright orange lava sprouted out of the volcano and started flowing down the side of the volcano.
- There were also explosions of ash and rock from the volcano, which created a loud booming sound and sent debris flying through the air.