Spring 2022 not offered
Volcanic eruptions, among the most impressive natural phenomena, have been described throughout history. In this course, we will look at the physical and chemical processes that control volcanic eruptions and their environmental impacts. We also examine 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).
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: E&ES101 OR E&ES213 OR E&ES215
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENVS-MN)(ENVS)
Francis, Peter, "Volcanoes, a Planetary Perspective"
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Oral presentations, term paper, two hour exams.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
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.
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