Course overview

What is a volcano and why do you only find them in certain parts of the world? We will look at many case studies of well known volcanoes. Vesuvius and Etna will feature as will the Canaries and others. Why are there ancient volcanoes in Britain and when did they become extinct? These questions will be answered during this course as well as learning how to identify different volcanic rocks and minerals, and interpreting volcanoes from their shape. The course very hands-on and uses real rocks and minerals with their case studies.

Course description

What is a volcano and why do you only find them in certain parts of the world? There will be a lovely collection of rocks and minerals to first learn how to identify these rocks. Then we will explore many locations around the world. The group can examine and discover what information their rocks and the specific volcano shapes ‘lock in’. We will use this information to be able to tell us about very ancient volcanoes and also about those that are active today. The tutor will show Powerpoint case studies of famous volcanoes (e.g. Vesuvius, the Canaries, Iceland or others as requested on the day). Volcanic activity is happening all the time – what is erupting on the day or week of the class. We will see and we can then explain activity with knowledge from the rocks and case studies. What is the most dangerous volcano in the world? How do geologists know? The course will show you how.

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