Studies the dynamic processes of Earth’s interior and consequent effects on surface processes and the impact of natural hazards on society. Geology of natural hazards in the environment, such as volcanoes, landslides, earthquakes, mass wasting and landslides, subsidence, weather, and tsunami will be examined in class and on field excursions.
Field WorkCountry: Italy
Day: 6 - Thursday, 24 September
Our field trip will visit Mount Vesuvius, and the historical surrounding devastation in Pompeii from volcanic hazards. We will also examine alluvial hazards by examining ancient towns buried by alluvial sediments during the fifth and third centuries BC and again between the sixth and seventh centuries AD, especially in the ancient town of Velia in Cilento Region about 100 miles south of Naples. Along the way we will examine features and/or evidence of flooding, landslides, subsidence, earthquakes, volcanoes, coastal processes, and surface water or groundwater contamination, and other possible geologic hazards. Academic objectives: 1. Examine volcanic hazards at Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii and discuss their origin 2. Examine cities buried from alluvial deposits 3. Examine evidence of flooding, landslides, subsidence, earthquakes, volcanoes, coastal processes, and surface water or groundwater contamination