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Extended Study to Chile

GEOL 420: Solid Earth Processes

Director: Professor Karen Harpp, Department of Geology
On-campus course: Fall 2015
Tentative travel dates: December 27, 2015 – January 17, 2016
Travel locations: Chile: Conguillio, Caviahue, Lonquimay, Pucon
Course credit: One credit. Both components of the course (on- and off-campus) are required for credit.
Prerequisites: GEOL 220 (Volcanology) and an application to the instructor.
Application Deadline: April 1, 2015
On-campus course followed by three weeks in Chile

To apply 

1. Complete the Off-Campus Study online form 
2. Download, print and submit your extended study application, personal essay and transcript to the Office of Off-Campus Study in 101 Lathrop Hall
The primary goal of this extended study is to carry out field studies of volcanic processes and hazards in central Chile for three weeks. We will be working on Llaima, Copahue, Longuimay, and Vilarrica.  You will need to be prepared for extensive fieldwork, including a range of weather conditions. The focus will be on gathering data and learning how to make field observations, so most our work will be outdoors.


The on-campus segment of the course will be focused on preparing for the field experience and will precede the extended study. We will learn about the techniques used to understand the solid Earth, with emphasis on volcanic systems. Methods we will study include volcanic monitoring techniques (gas, plume, and thermal monitoring for prediction of eruptions, lava chemistry, heat flow, geochronology, field observations, and lava flow dynamics) and plate tectonics (earthquake observations, ground deformation, and gravity.) Techniques will be examined in the context of specific case studies of volcanoes through readings and discussions of current geological literature.

NOTE:  Both components of the course (on- and off-campus) must be completed for credit.