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Classroom Resource: Living in the shadow of Italy’s volcanoes

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The aim of this video is to consider the variety of volcanic landforms and the eruptive hazards in southern Italy. In visiting locations in the Bay of Naples, Sicily and the Aeolian Islands, this video interweaves narrative with interviews of local people affected by recent eruptions, expert guides and scientists tasked with monitoring Italy’s active volcanoes. The film considers the threats from future eruptions as well as the considerable benefits afforded to local people living in the shadow of some of Europe’s most iconic volcanoes.

In this video, we cover:

  • The causes and impacts of recent and historic volcanic eruptions, with visits to some of the localities directly affected
  • Informative diagrams to support the study of the complex processes associated with the destructive plate margin in southern Italy
  • Scientific assessments of volcano monitoring and community preparedness
  • Consideration of the possible impacts associated with the future volcanic eruptions
  • Positive impacts of volcanic eruptions on the local people

This video is suitable for all ages. It will act as an excellent support in the study of tectonic hazards particularly at GCSE and AS/A Level. It also links very well with studies of ‘The Natural Environment’ at iGCSE and IB ‘Hazards and Disasters’.


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This resource received a Highly Commended GA Publishers Award, at the Geographical Association Conference 2018.

Geographical Association Statement:
“Living in the shadows of Italy’s volcanoes is a free, case study video supported by an informative and colourful poster and online teacher resources. The judges felt that the video and accompanying resources provided up-to-date case study information and utilised recent developments in tectonic science. The materials are engaging and enable the sense of place to shine through. They also deal effectively with the positive and negative impacts of volcanic eruptions. The judges also felt that the content was appropriate for a range of ages and abilities in the secondary phase. Overall, a professionally produced resource which provides excellent case study materials for teachers to utilise in their planning.”

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To make the most of this video we have also created some additional teaching resources to use in the classroom – click on the resources below to view and download

Video Worksheets

  Video Worksheet - Student version

  Video Worksheet Teacher Version Answers


Bay of Naples Resources

  Where is the Bay of Naples?

  Italy's Tectonic Setting

  Comparing Italy's Volcanoes an investigation

  Formation of Mount Vesuvius

  Vesuvius AD79 Eruption

  Monitoring Mount Vesuvius

  Will Vesuvius erupt again?

  What is Campi Flegrei?


Sicily Resources

  Tectonic Background

  Formation of Mount Etna

  Eruptions of Mount Etna

  Mount Etna Volcanic Hazards

  Monitoring Mount Etna

  Aeolian Islands

  Earthquake Hazard In Catonia


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