Course ObjectiveModern volcanology is balanced between the descriptive and quantitative,
and both of these aspects of the science will be emphasized in this
course. There are three basic goals for this class:
(1) We want to understand how volcanoes work: the process part;
(2) We want to be able to reconstruct unseen volcanic eruptions from the
deposits they leave in the field;
(3) We will want to know as much as possible about the hazards volcanoes
form to people.
An additional practical aim of this course is to improve your computer
skills with Microsoft Excel. To this end I have designed some exercises
which will show you how to use Microsoft Excel in it’s most powerful
form: visual basic for applications (VBA). This will be a practical
during the third lecture.
Course ContentIntroduction to volcanic explosions and their products; Magma
properties: viscosity, density and volatiles; Non-explosive volcanic
eruptions; Magmatic fragmentation and pyroclastic textures; Eruption
columns and the interpretation of pyroclastic deposits; Volcanic
Teaching MethodsThis course consists of 7 lectures in which several subjects related to
volcanology will be discussed. Each lecture is accompanied by a review
paper or chapter from a book that gives an overview of the topics
discussed – you will get more out of the lectures if you read these
In addition to following the lectures you will be asked to complete
homework exercises. These should be handed in before the start of the
exam. These exercises are designed to clarify aspects of the lecture
topics, and are also meant to provide a link between the different
lectures. During Lecture 3, the use of Microsoft Visual Basic for
Applications is explained, which is required for some of the exercises
Method of AssessmentThe final mark for this course consists of the following components: (1)
homework exercises (25%); written exam (75%).
LiteratureEncyclopedia of Volcanoes (Sigurdsson et al., 2000). Academic Press,
Target AudienceSecond year MSc students Earth Sciences, tracks Solid Earth, and Second
year MSc students GBL.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Course Coordinator||dr. P.Z. Vroon|
|Examiner||dr. P.Z. Vroon|
dr. P.Z. Vroon
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Seminar, Computer lab|
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