I picked up my heels a little with this bit of the project as since I last posted I've just been doing general research to try and associate me a little more with the subject of volcanos.
So nice little diagram of a volcano
Basically for anyone who isn’t too sure of the process.
When the Earths tectonic plates move mountain ranges, deep gorges, earthquakes and volcanoes are created by the plates crashing into one another which is a very slow process and happens over millions of year, but subsequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are a product of the constant motions of the tectonic plates.
Another little diagram to illustrate what’s happening
Volcanic eruptions occur due to the magma in the centre of the earth having a lower density than the Earth’s crust; the magma slowly works its way up through cracks and fissures in the rock and eventually begins to gather in magma chambers beneath the Earth’s surface. When these magma chambers begin to break through the Earth’s surface the cause volcanic eruptions which spew the magma out of the vent it has just created in the form of lava which is the name form magma once it’s broken through the Earth’s surface.
The lava then flows away from the vent outwards and the air cools the lava turning it to volcanic rock, then the next time the volcano erupts this new lava flows over this volcanic rock which slowly piles up making volcanoes the cone shape we know them as.
There are a number of different types of volcanoes which erupt in different ways depending on many different factors such as the magma flow beneath the surface of the earth where they are in relation to the poles as well as how much gas the magma contains to propel it into the air. For instance a volcano with a high amount of water vapours and gases when leaving the vent of the volcano create and explosion of molten rock and lava, where as magma which hasn’t absorbed much in its journey to the surface, would just ooze from the vent down the volcano.
Mount Fuji, Japan
Another large volcano not quite sure where it is though
Mount St Helens, USA
Few volcanic eruption picies
Not a great pic but love the way the lavas obliterating this lush forest and the clash of colours makes it seem that much more dramatic
Then I drew up a few potential ideas that I was thinking through
For this idea I was thinking about having an a type of tour/ride through an extinct volcano which had been bored out and then the trip goes wrong and magma starts flowing and erupting and screens which would show you what would have happened if the volcano had been eruption show you what’s happening as the volcano your in is exploding as well as the view from the outside. However I feel like this is typing to impose adrenaline slightly where there would be none as your almost fully in control of the situation in terms of what you do you can buy into it or think what a load of rubbish so I think this ideas a bit hit and miss.
This idea I thought was a bit more fun, instead of trying to put you in the situation of feeling like you’re in a volcano this would be a volcano simulation and treat you as if you were a drop of lava and you’d flow through the whole experience of exploding out of a volcano and then running down the edge of it and levelling a lush tropical landscape in the process. Originally I was thinking of this being like you were in a submarine a bit but then I thought screw trying to be clever you could just be put in a slightly elongated cylindrical room with a 360 view of what was going on then the room be on hydraulics to give you a bit of motion and put you a bit more in the action.
I also like this idea a lot as from the original on my first post I’ve put a bit more thought into it and I was thinking of combining a rollercoaster with a simulation ride so like the above it would use projections out in front and around the sides of the train but you’d only be shown the projections at points where they were needed. So for example as you’re launched up the shaft of the volcano there would be projections of magma flowing up the volcano to explode out. Then I was also thinking of using smoke like the volcanic ash and gases so you’re wished through plooms of smoke and gas as the ride exits the vent of the volcano. Then you get to glimpse the park before being thrust back into a tube underground where the projections would kick in and you would see lava around you ravaging a lush tropical landscape. With the exterior of the ride I don’t want it to look like a massive tacky volcano so instead I was thinking about the use of lush trees and flora to make it seem slightly tropical to make you appreciate it slightly before witnessing it being destroyed by the volcano in the simulation. Also with this idea of massive tacky volcano in mind I was thinking of having the volcano just being like black towel souring to the sky not trying to disguise that it’s a mechanical ride not a real volcano.
With this idea as the leading idea I decided to do a little research into how roller coasters stay on rails and did a few little sketches of possible trains.