Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation


Bold. Beautiful. Deadly.

Discover molten worlds and exploding craters in an immersive experience that will have you on the edge of your seat. Travel around the world and dodge boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descend to a boiling lava lake in Vanuatu, dive beneath the waves to hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean and witness the spectacular 2018 Kilauea eruption in Hawaii.

Rating: General
Runtime: 40 minutes




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Volcanoes is a tale of science, culture, and thrilling adventure! Earth is a planet born of fire. For billions of years, volcanoes have helped create the world we know. From the continents to the air we breathe and even life itself, all have their origins in fire. With over 500 active volcanoes, Earth is bursting at the seams with these forces of mass construction. The story of volcanoes is the story of the planet’s creation, and the story of us.

Volcanoes features up close views of active eruptions in Africa, Indonesia, Hawaii, Europe, and even under the ocean. Throughout the film, the narrator talks about the geological history of our earth and the physical forces that combine to form the spectacular forces of nature.

Volcanoes is an SK Films release of a Digital Crossing Production, directed and produced by Michael Dalton-Smith. The film has a run time of 40 minutes.

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This is a paid experience.


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Behind The Scenes


Created by Discovery Place Education Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina, in partnership with SK Films, is appropriate for students in the primary grades (K–8). The guide is most useful when used as a companion to the film, but also valuable as a resource on its own. Teachers are strongly encouraged to adapt activities included in this guide to support specific state or national standards and the needs of their students. Activities developed for this guide support national Common Core math standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This guide focuses on the
scientific understanding of geological process, human interactions with volcanoes, and career understandings of scientists who work in the field. It is packed full of fun and engaging activities that have been tested and approved by teachers and kids in a classroom setting. At the end of the guide, teachers can find additional resources to assist with cross-curricular planning.

Volcanoes explores Earth’s most dangerous features. The film begins with a trip down a volcanic caldera with National Geographic photographer Carsten Peter. His team works together to keep themselves safe as they camp on the rim of the active Marum Crater. The film then follows the team as they lead expeditions to volcanoes all over the globe.

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Convenient wheelchair accessible seating for the OMNIMAX is available via the third floor theater entrance. Elevators and ramps serve all public areas of the OMNIMAX.

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