EES 140: Iceland’s Geology: Fire, Ice and Cultural Impacts
Summer Session 2: July 8 – August 8,2013
Office: Stevenson Center 6712
Office: Stevenson Center 5707
Iceland is a geologic wonderland, with a unique interplay of deep-earth (magmatism, volcanism, tectonics) and earth-surface (glaciers, geothermal waters, catastrophic floods) processes that make it unlike any other place on the planet. We will explore fundamental geologic and climatic forces shaping Iceland’s dynamic landscape. We will supplement our scientific study of this wild subarctic environment with an examination of the ways in which people have survived and thrived in this extreme setting, from the days of settlement (mythology, folklore, sagas, birth of democracy, etc.) to modern times (hazard monitoring and mitigation, geothermal power, etc.).
This course satisfies the AXLE laboratory science requirement.
Structure of the Course
- Class: 2 hour sessions, 4 times a week
- Lab: 3 sessions, 3 hours each
- Fieldtrip: at least 1 full day excursion
- Pre-trip logistics meeting
- July 24 – August 8
- Full days of activity; combination of driving, hiking, museums, power plant tours, etc., as well as meals and “classroom” time.
- A list of proposed destinations can be found at the bottom of this document. Destinations are subject to change, depending on weather and other circumstances (e.g., volcanic eruptions, wrath of the gods, car trouble) that affect practical scheduling of activity.
- This course will conclude in Reykjavik on August 8th. Students will be responsible for booking their own airfare, and may thus choose to extend their time in Iceland or travel from Iceland to another destination of their choosing.
FEES: Cost per student is $7,400.00. Fees include tuition, lodging within Iceland, admission fees, HTH international health insurance, some meals, maps and field notebooks. Fees do not include: round-trip airfare to and from Iceland, extra-curricular activities, baggage insurance, meals in cities or personal expenses.
Fees and dates are subject to change. Course being offered is contingent upon enrolling at least 12 qualified students by the end of March.
Julymester students are eligible to apply for the Global Education Office’s “Global Summer Fellowship Program,” which provides scholarships of up to $8500 for 25-30 students. For more information, visit the GEO website at: https://webapp.mis.vanderbilt.edu/studioabroad/
ITINERARY: The instructors and Vanderbilt’s travel agency, Polk Travel, will develop a common itinerary for students in this course. Although students are responsible for their own airfare, students are encouraged to purchase their air tickets through Polk Travel. Details to follow.
CREDITS: 4 credit hours.