New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

The Ontake Volcano in Japan

Team: 110

School: Picacho Mid

Area of Science: Earth Science Volcanism

Interim: Definition of the problem
Our team is going to find out what factors caused the Ontake to erupt in Japan. Despite the country’s robust volcano monitoring system, this eruption came with virtually no warning. Scientists suspect this is because it was a phreatic eruption caused by steam rather than magma. When magma moves beneath a volcano, it can be picked up by seismic monitoring networks. In a phreatic eruption, round water is super heated rapidly by by the heat from magma.

Solving the problem
We will build a model on start logo that demonstrates the different factor that caused Ontake to erupt.

Description of Progress
Our team is continuing to research as well as build a model on star Logo . We are going to start with the water model and modify this model.

Results We Expect to Get
The variable we are going to look at are the heat and pressure when an eruptions occur. Does the weather have an effect on these two items.

1.(in Japanese). Geospatial Information Authority of Japan. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
2."Experts warn of further eruptions". NHK. 28 September 2014.
3."Japan Ultra-Prominences". Retrieved March 20, 2013

Leanna Torres
Ryan Schaefer
Patricia Lara
Casey Edwards

Sponsors: Mrs. Stout and Mrs Kindig

Team Members:

  Casey Edwards
  patricia lara
  LeeAnna Torres

Sponsoring Teacher: Gloria Kindig

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