Earth Science Field School to Yellowstone National Park, USA

Earth Science Field School to Yellowstone

Program Overview
Field School Dates: August 18 - 29, 2018

Course dates: May - September, 2018

Yellowstone is one of the world’s largest volcanic systems, and past eruptions from this system are some of the largest ever known to occur. Though no historical eruptions of this volcano have occurred, there are many clues that a pool of magma still lingers below the surface, including hydrothermal activity, and frequent small earthquakes. The Yellowstone volcano is located in Yellowstone National Park, which  straddles the boundaries between Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, USA. This park was the first National Park created in the United States, largely because of the impressive geological wonders that can be observed here.

On this field course students will travel by bus to Yellowstone to observe the unique volcanic and hydrothermal features. Participants will spend 10 days studying the geologic history of the region, learn about the methods used to monitor and understand the volcano, and consider the hazard that such a large volcanic system poses to humans.
Before the field course students will research and write a paper on one aspect of Yellowstone geology, and participate in on-line preparation activities.

During the field course students will travel by bus and/or foot to field sites, record data and observations in field notes, and participate in field lectures, discussions and project work. After the field trip students will complete a second submission of their paper or report on their chosen research topic.

Program Considerations:
- Participants need to have completed GEOL 206 and GEOL 300 courses by the time of the field school.
- Camping accommodations require that you have the necessary equipment for sleeping outdoors in temperatures at or slightly below freezing at night.
- Students are expected to make time available to work on a research project with submission deadlines during the months of May-July.
- Participants need to be able to hike over rough terrain
- Participants need to have a valid passport (valid 6 months beyond course date) and no travel restrictions to the United States.

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