Did you know the world's most recent super-eruption created Lake Taupō 25,500 years ago? And did you know that the world's biggest eruption in the last 5,000 years also happened right here in New Zealand? It's no surprise that this volcano is part of 'The Central Taupō Volcanic Zone'; a supervolcano complex stretching from Lake Taupō to Mt Tarawera – and we're off to explore the Lake Taupō part! But don't worry, there's only a very small chance of another eruption any time soon.
During this field trip you will join geologists who are trying to understand how our supervolcano works and what we need to do to prepare for an eruption.
To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:
Natural hazards – earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, and landslides
The tectonic plates of New Zealand
The natural hazards of New Zealand
Volcanic eruptions – magma, pyroclastic density currents (massive super-fast hot ash clouds), ash, lava flows