20 million years ago there were many active volcanoes in the northeastern Aegean region. In the island of Lesvos 5 large volcanic centers were discovered.
The intense volcanic activity caused the eruption of large amounts of lava, volcanic ash and other volcanic materials from inside the earth. The incandescent lava covered the slopes of the volcanoes and extensive areas. Huge amounts of volcanic ash and other pyroclastic materials were extruded into the atmosphere by the frequent volcanic eruptions. After a while, they returned to the earth’s surface covering the dense and rich forest.
The volcanic materials that covered the area contributed in the complex process of the fossilization of the trees that formed the Lesvos Petrified Forest.
Would you like to discover the volcanoes of Lesvos, their secrets and impressive volcanic rocks?
What about creating your own exploding volcano?
Now you can participate in an extremely interesting research expedition that the Museum of Natural History of the Lesvos Petrified Forest prepared for you.
This research expedition is dedicated to Volcanoes!
Search the website of the Lesvos Petrified Forest (www.petrifiedforest.gr), the website of the Lesvos Geopark (www.lesvosgeopark.gr) and the short guidebook of the Lesvos Geopark on the website of the Lesvos Petrified Forest and look for more information about the volcanoes of Lesvos.
Download the Activity sheets, study, play, draw and discover the secrets of volcanoes.
You expedition includes a surprise, a science experiment to create a volcanic eruption. Find and follow the detailed instructions and make your own exploding volcano using materials you have at home.
For further information, questions or queries you can contact us at 2251047033 or you can send us an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like you to send us your drawings and photos or videos of your exploding volcanoes along with your first name, your age and your parents’ approval at the e-mail of the Museum of Natural History of the Lesvos Petrified Forest (email@example.com) and the Museum will post them online.
Let’s discover the secrets of the volcanoes of Lesvos…