GEOL 373 - Regional Geology of Iceland

4 credits

4 weeks in Iceland

Prof. David Harbor

Where else do glaciers form on a hot spot at a mid-ocean spreading center? Explore the dynamics of Iceland where volcanism creates elevation that invites erosion under glacial icecaps. Discover myriad forms of volcanic flows, rocks and landforms. Unravel a short but complicated volcanic and tectonic history. See glaciers and their deposits and then imagine the processes and forms of the late glacial maximum when Iceland was larger in area but completely covered in ice. Learn how Icelanders live with volcanic, climatic and other hazards. Experience a culture that prides itself on sustainability but has difficult choices to make about increasingly intense land use, a struggle as old as the sagas.

This course is only open to geology majors. Priority given to students who have not taken GEOL 373 previously.

Program Fee (paid to W&L): $1,500. Fee covers airfare, van transportation during course, accommodations and most meals.

Estimated other expenses:  Transfers from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik by bus, meals during break days

Please contact Prof. Harbor for further details.