Course Description: GG607 - Submarine Volcanoes

A course that explores various aspects of volcanic activity in the deep ocean and its effect on the surrounding environment.
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Fall 2016 course schedule
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Instructor: Ken Rubin      Day, Time: Tu-Th, 10:30-11:45 AM      Place: POST 613

This class will consist of roughly once-a-week semi-informal lectures (usually tuesday) and once a week meetings (usually thursday) in which we will discuss 1 or 2 papers we read for that week. In some weeks we may condense this into one meeting per week, probably on tuesday, but depending on various guest lecturers schedules as well. Each student should expect to lead a discussion or two later in the semester.


1.  Submarine Effusive Volcanism
2.  Submarine pyroclastic activity/explosive volcanism
3.  Hydrothermal Processes and response to eruptions
4.  Remote submarine volcano mapping methods
5.  in-situ submarine volcano studies with AUVs, HOVs, ROVs, cameras
6.  Seismic Detection of Eruptions
7.  Submarine Hawaiian Volcanism
8.  Ocean ridge volcanism.
9.  Submarine Arc Volcanoes
9.  Eruption Geochronology
10. Geology and petrology of individual eruption deposits, including magma reservoirs and chemistry
11. Reconstructing eruption conditions from sea floor deposits
12. Multidisciplinary/ecological studies of submarine eruption responses
13. Student-chosen, student-led topical discussions


GG Student Learning Objectives (SLOs):
GG department has provisionally defined 4 and 5 learning objectives, respectively, for the MS and PhD graduate degree programs, relating to Technical knowledge, the conduct of science, Oral and written skills, and Professional skills. This course directly incorporates content relevant some of these:

1. Technical knowledge. M.S. and Ph.D. graduates are proficient in applying technical knowledge of theory, laboratory methods, field methods, computer applications, and the supporting disciplines (math, physics, chemistry, biology) to help advance the fields of geology and geophysics.
2. Expertise in a sub-discipline. (Ph.D.-only) graduates are able to comprehensively synthesize, evaluate, and interpret relevant fundamental knowledge in her or his sub-discipline.
4. Communicate geological knowledge M.S. and Ph.D. graduates are able to effectively communicate the findings of their research in writing at a level comparable to that of scientific journal publications, and defend it orally to the satisfaction of a scientific audience. They are also able to communicate orally about Geology though seminar or conference presentations.


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