Homeschooling

January 2020 Homeschooling Highlights

Ian has started his lesson in multiplication while Nereus has continued with his lessons on different types of angles and polygons. Writing down notes about different types of angles for his math lesson. 2. We created a simple rotor using copper wire, magnet, battery and safety pins as our experiment to demonstrate electricity flow for… Continue reading January 2020 Homeschooling Highlights

Geology, Homeschooling, Local Travel

Volcanology 101 with Chris Newhall

The phreatic eruption of Taal has me walking down the memory lane the past days. I remember my Volcanology training in June 2012 when my colleagues and I had the privilege to get mentored by former USGS Geologist and Volcanologist, Chris Newhall. This is going to be a short blog with the intention to share… Continue reading Volcanology 101 with Chris Newhall

Geology, Uncategorized

The Lowering of Taal Lake and Rock Deformation: Result of Magma Upwelling

In my previous post, I described three possible scenarios that might explain why the Pansipit River dried up so quickly in one day. In an interview between our kabayan, Noli De Castro and Dr. Renato Solidum, USEC and director of PHIVOLCS, the director mentioned that the level of crater lake is lower now than the… Continue reading The Lowering of Taal Lake and Rock Deformation: Result of Magma Upwelling

Geology, Uncategorized

Why did Pansipit River in Batangas Dry Up?

Photos of Pansipit River suddenly drying up in Batangas has been going around in social media since yesterday. I would like to make an intelligent guess (or hypothesis) as to why this has happened. This was an article written by Manila Bulletin on their website regarding the drying up of the river. And this was… Continue reading Why did Pansipit River in Batangas Dry Up?

Geology, Homeschooling

How to Check if Your Area is Within A Geological Hazard Danger Zone in Philippines

This is an interactive, web-based GIS tool that allows you to see the danger zones in kilometer radius around the eruptive crater of Taal. It’s quite easy to follow, you and the kids will enjoy dong this together for sure! I’ve taken the following post from GeoRisk Philippines as also shared by PHIVOLCS on Facebook.… Continue reading How to Check if Your Area is Within A Geological Hazard Danger Zone in Philippines

Geology, Homeschooling

Phreatomagmatic Eruption as Explained to Kids

In the previous post, I explained the mechanism that drove the phreatic eruption of Taal last January 12. Yesterday, PHIVOLCS announced that Taal is now at the stage of Phreatomagmatic or Hydrovolcanic activity. What does that mean? Screenshot of Dr. Encarnacion's (a_geologist @ IG) sketch below illustrates what could be happening inside Taal. The magma… Continue reading Phreatomagmatic Eruption as Explained to Kids

Geology, Homeschooling

Taal’s Phreatic Eruption Explained for Kids

Phreatic eruption as sketched by my fellow geologist, Dr. Encarnacion. Hi, fellow homeschoolers. Feel free to share this info to your kids as part of your lessons. 🙂 This is a nice drawing of a fellow Geologist, Dr. John Encarnacion, illustrating how the Taal phreatic eruption may have occurred. The ascending magma heats up the… Continue reading Taal’s Phreatic Eruption Explained for Kids