PMNH volcano display to attract students


The Pakistan Museum for Natural History (PMNH) has planned to construct an “Outdoor Volcano Display” to provide education to the general public especially students about the natural history of the country.

The Earth Science Division of PMNH will execute the plan of development of a Volcano Display in the surrounding of Baluchitherium Model. Volcano, mountain or hill is formed by the accumulation of materials erupted through one or more openings (volcanic vents) in the earth’s surface. Most volcanoes have steep sides but some can be gently sloping mountains or even flat tablelands, plateaus or plains. It is stated that Volcano Display provides information to visitors about the process of volcanism in the oceans and on the continents. Volcanism usually takes place at the plate boundaries due to the movement of tectonic plates.In Pakistan, Koh- e-Sultan, Koh-e-Dalil volcanoes of Cretaceous to Quaternary age (60 million to 02 million years old) at Pachin Koh, tehsil Nokkundi, Chagai district, Baluchistan are examples of past volcanic activity. These areas present good promise economic minerals deposits particularly Iron, Sulphur, Molybdenum, Travertine marble and the world largest deposits of Copper-Gold.

Director General, PMNH, Dr. Saima Huma Tanveer said that the PMNH has planned the development of a Volcano Display keeping in view the importance of volcanoes in natural history and the mandate of PMNH to impart education to the students and the general public about the natural history of Pakistan. The DG was of the view that the Volcano Display will provide knowledge to the students and general public about the volcano eruption and clear their concepts.