Good or bad?

Volcanoes are very dangerous, and can kill people and animals.  They can destroy houses and buildings. But there are advantages of living near a volcano.

Volcanoes provide energy we can use, also called geothermal resources.  Heat from the earth's crust is being converted to energy which we can use to make electricity. 

The big advantages to this type of energy are that it is very clean and the resources will probably never run out.

When a volcano erupts it throws out a lot of ash.  At first this ash can be very harmful to the environment, but after a time the ash layer, which contains many useful minerals, will make a soil that is very good for growing things.

Nearly everywhere volcanoes are located people use the rich soil for farming.  Even after an eruption people still return because of the fertile soil around the volcano.




Volcanoes can produce very spectacular scenery like the beautiful sunsets caused by explosive eruptions.  Other features include plant-rich environments, stunning eruptions, beautiful lava fountains etc.

A country such as Hawaii is getting a lot income from tourism... and why do tourists like to go to Rotorua?

The eruption of the Vesuvius in AD 79 has been one of the most famous eruptions ever.  The cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii were buried by a rain of ashes and mud.  Later, scientists would discover the city of Pompeii which remained partly whole because of the blanket of ash. 

Now people could learn about the Roman culture and history!


So what do you think? Are volcanoes good or bad? Could you do a PMI, or use your six hats to think about it?