Fall 2010 not offered
|Course Cluster: Planetary Science|
Volcanic eruptions are among the most impressive natural phenomena and have been described throughout history. In this course we look at the physical and chemical processes that control volcanic eruptions and their environmental impacts. We also look at the direct impact on humanity, ranging from destructive ashfalls to climate change, and the benefits of volcanoes for society (e.g., geothermal energy, ore deposits). A good background in mineralogy is strongly recommended; students who have not completed E&ES213 should consult the professor before registering for this class. The course consists of lectures, some problem sets, a term paper, and class presentations. Students select their favorite volcano and create a Powerpoint presentation for the class and write a term paper on it. There will be readings of primary scientific literature and from the textbook, and there will be video presentations.
Quantitative Reasoning, Writing
Quantitative Reasoning: Students transform observations from the natural world into quantitative models.
Writing: Students prepare extensive papers on famous volcanic eruptions. Students present their papers to the class, and revise after discussion with class and correction meeting with professor.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: E&ES101 OR E&ES213
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (E&ES)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)
Peter Francis & Clive Oppenheimer, VOLCANOES
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Oral presentations, term paper, two hour exams, problem sets
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