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The following questions from schools are answered by Ben, Sylvia and Graham:
- How is a supervolcano formed?
- What causes a supervolcano to erupt and how much damage can that cause?
- What makes tectonic plates move?
- How does a pyroclastic flow stop?
- How can the Taupō supervolcano help us to understand volcanoes better?
- How do humans live with supervolcanoes?
- Could humans cause a supervolcano to erupt? Why/why not?
The following questions from schools are answered by Ben, Kiharoa, Bubs, and Graham:
- How many people would be involved in the monitoring (watching or studying) of the volcanoes in New Zealand?
- Does ash freeze if it is too high in the atmosphere?
- What technology do you think will be available in 50 year's time to monitor volcanoes to keep people and animals even safer?
- How did water fill up the caldera?
- Can you cook a meal in the hot pools at the top of the volcano?
- How hot is the magma in the chamber under Taupō?
- What would New Zealand’s most active or dangerous volcano be?
- Do other countries study our volcanoes. If so why?
- How do geologists measure when a supervolcano is going to erupt?
The following questions from schools are answered by Ben, Kiharoa, Sylvia, and Graham:
- We saw a GNS video on measuring sulfate and chloride ions in the crater lake. Do geologists measure these in Lake Taupō to track activity?
- How can we tell if a supervolcano is in a building phase, “potentially culminating, at some undetermined point in the future, in a large-scale eruption again in New Zealand"?
- Yellowstone is a famous supervolcano, is it more likely to erupt again before Lake Taupō caldera?
- Are all supervolcanoes rhyolite calderas?
- Does new pumice get generated without an eruption? It always seems to be floating on the lake.
- Could we get a supervolcano in Auckland?
- There is a geothermal electricity station near Taupō. Why don't we have any at Tongariro or Rotorua?
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Meet the experts
Meet Ben Kennedy: Volcanologist
Find out more about Ben.
Meet Graham Leonard: GNS scientist
Find out more about Graham.
Meet Sylvia Tapuke: iwi-based researcher for the Taupō Volcanic Zone
Find out more about Sylvia.
Meet Bubs Smith from Ngāti Tuwharetoa and DoC
Find out more about Bubs.
Meet Pouroto Ngaropo
Find out more about Pouroto.
Meet Kiharoa Milroy: Te Reo Māori teacher
Find out more about Kiharoa.
Meet Shelley the LEARNZ field trip teacher.