A Volcano Grows in a Cornfield
Volcan Paricutin is not the largest or the most violent volcano, but it is the only volcano we know of that grew in a cornfield.
Amazing But True!
- In 1943, a volcano grew out of a cornfield in Michoacán, Mexico.
- A few weeks before the eruption, earthquakes rumbled in the ground.
- The cinder cone erupted ash and lava for 9 years.
- The cone grew to 424 meters before it stopped erupting.
With the links below, learn more about Paricutin Volcano. Then answer the following questions.
- Volcan Paricutin (Michoacan, Mexico): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZnvzSpNLAE
- San Diego State University, How Volcanoes Work: The Eruption of Paricutin (1943-1952): http://www.geology.sdsu.edu/how_volcanoes_work/Paricutin.html
- How did the cone of Paricutin build?
- Why did the local residents need to evacuate their towns?
- Describe the evolution of the eruptions from beginning to end.
- Why was Paricutin unusual for a cinder cone?
- Why did Paricutin grow in this location?
- Do you think that Paricutin is active, dormant or extinct and why?