Students will study the geology of mid-ocean ridges (exposed at the surface only in Iceland), hotspot volcanism, glaciation, and the use of geothermal energy and hydrogen power. Field studies will focus on the mapping of volcanic deposits, the interplay of volcanoes and ice, and paleoenvironment reconstruction. We will also see how the unique tectonic and volcanic setting of Iceland has influenced society, from widespread famine to astronaut training areas to thermal spas.
The mini-term counts as once course credit. The tuition is $3000, and students are responsible for return airfare to Keflavik (c. $800 or $900), personal outdoor gear, and spending money. All food, transportation, and fees during the course will be covered.