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EES Maymester

Vanderbilt EES frequently offers a study abroad course for the month of May.  For May 2015, the course will take place in New Zealand and is titled EES 3865: Field Investigations: Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Glaciers in New Zealand.

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In this course, students will learn the methods of field geology and will apply them to understand geologic processes at an active plate boundary in the North and South Islands of New Zealand. We will study a variety of topics in Earth and Environmental Sciences in the field, by exploring the varied and diverse geologic activity of New Zealand. Topics will include current and past volcanic activity, earthquake geology and hazards, geothermal energy, and glacial geology.

Significant emphasis will be placed on natural hazards and resources in a geologically active region: we will study volcanic supereruptions and their deposits, associated hazards, and energy resources associated with magmatic systems in the Taupo Volcanic Zone of the North Island; mountain building and destruction processes, effects of glaciers on landforms, earthquakes and associated hazards in the South Island. And we will do so while visiting much of New Zealand and exploring fantastic scenery in the South and North Islands.

                     Guil Gualda

                     Dan Morgan


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