The New Zealand Flag

Bubbling into perfection!

General Information


Mount Tongariro is a composite volcano located on the North Island of New Zealand at 39.1S, 175.7E. It is a series of craters which have been active at different times. It has a height of 1,978 metres (6,489 feet). It's first recorded eruption was 260,000 years ago, and is one of the earliest known eruptions in the world. It is quite active, having erupted 70 times since 1839. The last eruption took place in 1977. New Zealand's longest river, the Whanganui, begins at the top of Mt. Tongariro. mt_tongaririo.jpg

(There is a popluar hiking route called Tongariro Alpine Crossing passing between Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. Kelsey hiked this cool trail!)

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Daily Work Log

Tuesday April 15 .08
We painted our volcano, and part of the base.

Monday. April 14
We have built the skeletal structure, base, and inside filling. Marissa added links on our information and did the daily work log.
Kelsey cut up strips of newspaper for our mache.

Thurs. April 10
We decided to get together on Friday, and we started building the skeletal structure for our volcano.

Wednesday April 9th
We decided upon which days we would get together to build our volcano and gathered our materials

Tuesday April 8th
Kelsey added photos to our wiki, and we both discussed what dates we are both available to build the volcano.

Friday April 4th,
Kelsey- posted comments on all sites except one and added pictureMarissa-posted 2 comments and collected more information

Thursday April 3, 2008
Kelsey- completed materials list, wrote 'the plan', added a picture and did the daily work log
Marissa- sketched our volcano model

Wednesday April 2, 08
Marissa - added Flag, info, work log, and Photos page
Kelsey - added photos to our photo page (from her trip)

Tuesday April 1st, 2008
Kelsey- added info
Marissa- added picture, and more info from home

Monday March 31st, 2008
Kelsey- Formated page, added table of contents, wrote in things to do and added materials
Marissa- Unfortunately she was sick today :(

Things to do

- Build model
- gather materials
- finish information and pictures on wiki
- kelsey must find out about the discovery.

The Plan

We are going to have a cardboard base with a tray underneath so it is sturdy. We will have a section of our volcano cut out (a cross section) so that you can see the differnt layers of our composite volcano. Our volcano will be made out of paper mache held up by wire. In the center of our volcano we will have a water bottle filled with baking soda. Through the back of our volcano we will have a tube (straw) that will connect to the water bottle. When we present it we will pour the vinegar through the tube so that it will react with the baking soda and give the illusion of an eruption. We will spray our finished product with acrylic coat so that it can explode more than once and the 'lava' will not wreck our volcano. Near the bottom we will have a parking lot and bathrooms and we will have little people hiking the mountain. In the distance there will be a small village. Our people will either be made out of plastacine or they will be plastic astronauts that we have painted.

Our Sketch

Alternate idea: Instead of using baking soda and vinegar we might use mentos and sprite with red food dye because vinegar smells really bad! We will do a trial run to see which 'lava' works better.


- cardboard base and tray
- paint
- water bottle
- straw
- cardboard
- camera
- baking soda and vinegar
- red food dye
- detergent
- paper mache goop (paper/flour/water)
- chicken wire
- pens, pencils, ruler, scissors
- spray on acrylic coat
- little people(astronauts or made out of plastacine)
- lava rock
- mini cars, buildings, and livestock
- maybe sprite and mentos
- Lava solution - 1 cup water, 3/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup dishwashing liquid, 10 drops of red food coloring and 10 drops of yellow food coloring.


(Mount Tongariro, and Kelsey's trip there.)



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