GEOL 373 - Regional Geology
Prerequisites: Open to geology majors. Instructor consent and two geology courses numbered 200 or above. The emphasis and location of the study area differs from year to year. Most course activity involves outside fieldwork with a series of multi-day to multi-week field trips. Information about the course is available prior to the end of the fall term. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different but only four credits may be used toward major requirements
Spring 2019: GEOL 373-01: Regional Geology of Iceland (4). Where else do glaciers form on a hot spot at a mid-ocean spreading center? Explore the dynamics of Iceland where volcanism creates elevation that invites erosion under glacial icecaps. Discover myriad volcanic flows, rocks and landforms. Unravel a short but complicated volcanic and tectonic history. See glaciers and their deposits and then imagine the processes and forms of the late glacial maximum when Iceland was larger in area but completely covered in ice. Learn how Icelanders live with volcanic, climatic, and other hazards. Experience a culture that prides itself on sustainability but has difficult choices to make about increasingly intense land use, a struggle as old as the sagas. (SL) Harbor, Biemiller.
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