Hawaii Field Course
GEO 385/585: Field Study (3 credits)
Volcanic Craters and Shield Volcanoes
on the Big Island of Hawaii

A rainbow over the Hawiian landscape. Photo by Geoff Burns


This course will review the existing state of knowledge about volcanoes but will focus on recent research advances in Hawaii using the Hawaiian volcanoes as a natural outdoor laboratory, and will show how volcanology is firmly based on physical principles.

Features expected to be visited include: volcanically active Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, older and newer lava fields, lava tree molds, lava cave tubes, active lava flows (if flowing), Pu'u O'o crater (if erupting), and a geothermal power plant. If eruption conditions are favorable and permission can be obtained for visiting special sites, it is appropriate for students to have long pants, boots or sturdy shoes, gloves, sunscreen, and portable water. A backpack may be desirable.


See Dr. Ronald Janke for full details.
Kallay-Christopher Hall
Room 201-H Phone: 464-5139

A lava flow.  Photo by Geoff Burns

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