Iceland is a volcanic wonderland. This course in volcanology will explore Iceland from the south coast where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge comes ashore to the highlands near the focus of the Iceland mantle plume. Subjects that will be considered include: basaltic and rhyolitic lava flows, tephra characterization, phreatomagmatic features, subglacial volcanism, volcano monitoring and geothermal power. Projects will be conducted on active volcanic systems, in Late Pleistocene and Holocene volcanic fields, and in the Tertiary volcanic stratigraphy exposed in glacial valleys and fjords of Iceland.
Prerequisites: Mineralogy and Petrology required; stratigraphy, structural geology, and volcanology helpful but not required.