Audience versions of this page: FamilyYellowstone National Park is home to a supervolcano, a volcano capable of ejecting more than 1,000 cubic kilometers (240 cubic miles) of material.The Yellowstone supervolcano last erupted about 640,000 years ago. When it did, it left behind a caldera, a landform created by the inward collapse of a volcano's peak.This simple map outlines the extent of the Yellowstone Caldera, as well as some basic physical features of the region. Study the map and the scale bar (which provides information on relative distance) to answer the questions in the "Questions" tab.Instructional IdeasConsult National Geography Standard 1.4 (4th grade): How to use maps and other geographic representations, geospatial technologies, and spatial thinking to understand and communicate information. The interpretation of geographic representations.Discuss how geospatial information is communicated. Methods might include:• a review of DOGSTAILS, or the elements of a good map, discussed in “Extending the Learning” in our activity “Important Places.”• the use of color in maps• identifying geographic features, such as lakes and mountains, in maps• estimating distance using a map's scale bar
What does the blue on this map represent?
What do the brown and green areas on this map represent?
How many states are represented on this map?
What feature is the far northern tip of the Yellowstone Caldera?
At its widest, approximately how wide is the Yellowstone Caldera?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry approximately Adjective
generally or near an exact figure.
large depression resulting from the collapse of the center of a volcano.
Encyclopedic Entry: caldera lake Noun
body of water surrounded by land.
Encyclopedic Entry: lake map Noun
symbolic representation of selected characteristics of a place, usually drawn on a flat surface.
Encyclopedic Entry: map mountain Noun
landmass that forms as tectonic plates interact with each other.
national park Noun
geographic area protected by the national government of a country.
large stream of flowing fresh water.
Encyclopedic Entry: river state Noun
political unit in a nation, such as the United States, Mexico, or Australia.
body of flowing water.
Encyclopedic Entry: stream supervolcano Noun
volcano capable of ejecting more than 1,000 cubic kilometers (240 cubic miles) of material.
depression in the Earth between hills.
an opening in the Earth's crust, through which lava, ash, and gases erupt, and also the cone built by eruptions.
Encyclopedic Entry: volcano