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Italy & France Physical Science 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Gain firsthand exposure to the earth sciences in some of the world’s most splendid, challenging and historic natural environments. As you travel across France and Italy, you’ll experience the French Alps as well as volcanic isles in Italy through the lens of a professional field scientists and researcher. This course explores a diverse array of topics including geology, glaciology, volcanology, seismology and astronomy.

Key Topics
Learn how to hand draw a map of a geological cross section.
Discover how scientists identify various peaks, valleys, flora and fauna.
Delve into the field of Stratigraphy and learn how to interpret the history represented by different rock layers.
Survey glacial landforms and contrast different sediment types, including glacigenic, proglacial and periglacial.
Explore the structure of the universe, diving into Kepler's laws to better understand rules of motion and orbit.
Collect rock and lava samples and bring them back to a volcano research lab where we use an electron microprobe and radiocarbon dating to determine materials present and the ages of the samples.
Explore the relationship between volcanoes and culture, and a volcano’s effect on everyday life, including gastronomy.
Examine the impact and after-effects of mud flows, pyroclastic flows, ash falls and lava flows.
Learn how to observe temperature changes in the earth using a thermal camera.
Work alongside volcanologists and interpret seismic signals and analyze parametric data, such as earthquake origin times, locations and magnitudes.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Discover how to harness STEM skills and apply them to the study of rock formations, glaciers, the stars and planets, as well as dormant and active volcanoes
  • Work alongside experts and acquire valuable field research experience
  • Gain an understanding of how scientific study can enhance outdoor exploration

LECTURE TOPICS

  • Learn how to hand draw a map of a geological cross section
  • Discover how scientists identify various peaks, valleys, flora and fauna
  • Delve into the field of Stratigraphy and learn how to interpret the history represented by different rock layers
  • Survey glacial landforms and contrast different sediment types, including glacigenic, proglacial and periglacial
  • Explore the structure of the universe, diving into Kepler's laws to better understand rules of motion and orbit.
  • Collect rock and lava samples and bring them back to a volcano research lab where we use an electron microprobe and radiocarbon dating to determine materials present and the ages of the samples
  • Explore the relationship between volcanoes and culture, and a volcano’s effect on everyday life, including gastronomy
  • Examine the impact and after-effects of mud flows, pyroclastic flows, ash falls and lava flows
  • Learn how to observe temperature changes in the earth using a thermal camera
  • Work alongside volcanologists and interpret seismic signals and analyze parametric data, such as earthquake origin times, locations and magnitudes

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  • 5 Hours
  • 3 Credits
College Credit
  • 3 environmental science Credits

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