Introduction to Volcanology
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings, Igneous Processes, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism, Environmental Science:Policy:Environmental Decision-Making, Environmental Economics, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Volcanology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Structural Geology
Resource Type: Course Information:Goals/Syllabi
Special Interest: Hazards
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Course Type: Upper Level:Petrology, Structural Geology/Tectonics
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Hazards, Public Policy, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Petrology, Structural Geology
- Understand why the interior of the Earth is hot, and what mechanisms the planet uses to cool down.
- Become familiar with the theory of plate tectonics and realize that most, but not all, volcanic and earthquake activity occurs at the boundaries between the Earth's plates.
- Discover that there are multiple kinds of volcanic eruptions and different types of earthquake motions, and will be able to distinguish between those that are more or less hazardous.
- Be able to recognize a variety of volcanic landscapes and features, as well as some earthquake features, and be able to assess the relative hazards indicated by these features.
- Explore case studies involving human tragedies resulting from volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:
Examination (3-hour paper)........ 40%
- In-course writing assignment.......... 20%
- Field work/write-up................... 20%
- Class participation .................. 20%