Volcanoes of the World|
Volcanoes are among the most spectacular features of the earth sciences, with explosive eruptions that create havoc and destruction in large areas, impact the local atmosphere with noxious gases, and ultimately may influence climate. What types of volcanoes exist on earth, and how are they related to the larger framework of plate tectonics (`the ring of fire', ocean islands like Hawaii)? What drives volcanic eruptions, what physical properties of magmas should we understand to predict eruptions and their impacts? This introductory course will treat the occurrence and distribution of volcanoes on earth, discuss some of the major historic eruptions and their human impacts, and we will look at the relation between volcanoes and ore bodies, geothermal energy and climate change. We will make a short field trip to volcanic rocks in Connecticut, and we may try some experiments with our own "backyard" volcano.
Quantitative Reasoning, Speaking
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
DeBoer and Sanders, VOLCANOES IN HUMAN HISTORY
Selected review papers
|Examination and Assignments: |
Term paper on a chosen volcano, report on experiment, class presentations, final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students should have a good high school background and interest in physical science.
|Instructor(s): Varekamp,Johan C. Times: ..T.R.. 09:00AM-10:20AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: -3||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 10||FR: 30|