Challenges to the Planet: Super Volcanic Eruptions

Ref: C2345738

Volcanoes have been a constant feature on the surface of the earth for millions of years. They are a very visible reminder of the dynamic nature of our earth, provide us with thermal energy and fertile soils and significantly contribute to our atmosphere which allows us to live on our planet. However they also have a darker side - with even the most modest of volcanoes erupting with a force several magnitudes larger than anything human beings are capable of creating. We have several historical examples of super volcanoes which have erupted with such force they have permanently changed the earth's climate, caused widespread extinctions of plants and animals, and even changed the spin and rotation of the planet! The best part is, these super volcanoes are not confined to the past - they still exist and are very much still active, ready to erupt literally at any moment! If you want to know more, this talk may well be for you...!

Course aim

An introduction to basic tectonic processes which form volcanoes, and a more detailed look at historical super volcanoes, their eruptions, and the destruction they will cause when they erupt again.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand the basic structure of the planet and the formation of volcanoes
  • Comprehend the impacts of some of the historical super volcanic eruptions that we know about.
  • Hypothesise what might happen if a super volcano were to erupt now...

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

This is an introductory lecture and as such no prior knowledge is required

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Challenges to the Planet: Super Volcanic Eruptions

Is this course right for me? Request more information

This course has been cancelled.


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact

Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing