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Michael D Harrell
ESS 106
Seattle Campus

Living with Volcanoes

Explores volcanoes and volcanic eruptions on Earth and in the solar system. Examines how volcanoes work and how they affect the environment, life, and human societies. Illustrates principles using local examples of recent volcanism and ancient examples of mega-eruptions. Evaluates the possibility of predicting future eruptions.

Class description

The lectures will begin with an introduction to the large-scale planetary structures and processes that give rise to volcanism, initially with an emphasis on Earth. We will continue with an examination of the types of volcanoes and their eruptive styles and products, followed by a consideration of specific volcanoes and the threats they pose, along with the resources they provide. Next we shall consider historic and prehistoric volcanic activity and the possibilities for predicting future eruptions, then conclude with an overview of volcanism elsewhere in the solar system.

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Last Update by Michael D Harrell
Date: 09/25/2013