A remotely operated vehicle approaching a volcano was engulfed by molten sulfur where the plumes of fluids contained the highest concentrations of aluminum ever recorded. This isn't science fiction or an April fools joke, though it did happen on April 1, 2004. Young scientists research possible explanations for these strange phenomenon.
- Encourage pupils to research common misconceptions about the ring of fire here: http://seismo.berkeley.edu/blog/2016/04/17/burned-by-the-ring-of-fire.html
- Remind students what pH is and why it is important to understand in an ocean habitat
- Relies on prior knowledge of chemical formulas, specifically those related to sulfur
- Includes extension ideas and ways to connect the material to learners' personal lives
- Offers hints on the worksheet for how to approach and solve the problems