Experience the wonder of Iceland during the best time to visit. With day time temperatures reaching 60°F, courtesy of warm Gulf Stream currents, you can enjoy up to 24 hours of daylight on clear days.
Iceland's tectonical plate boundaries cause the country to be very volcanically active and geologically diverse. Iceland is home to more than 100 volcanoes, and more than 25 of these have erupted in recent history. This unique tectonic and volcanic setting has influenced society, from widespread famine to astronaut training areas and thermal spas.
Course of Study
Students 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.
The course convenes in Keflavik and follows a counterclockwise route around the country, with a two - to three - day trip via ferry to the island of Heimaey and several excursions into the backcountry.
- Successful completion of an introductory Geology course before the mini-term (preferably numbered 200 or higher).
- Although not required, priority is given to rising sophomores and juniors interested in majoring in Geology, Environmental Science or Environmental Policy.
- Specific rules will be in place for safety, and students must agree to abide by these to be considered for the trip.
Students need to be prepared for working in potentially cold and windy conditions. A warm sleeping bag, rain gear (pants and coat), proper hiking boots and other outdoor equipment are required.
Students camp for the majority of the mini-term.
This mini-term is not currently offered. Please contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor for information.
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