Volcanoes: The What, Where and Why

Ref: C3743347

What is a volcano and why do you only find them in some parts of the world? We will start with a world-wide introduction and then investigate the rocks and other things they produce. By looking at the rocks and volcano shape you can tell a huge amount how each volcano usually erupts. This will be highlighted by amazing video clips. By looking at eruption history we can learn a lot about how safe our holidays may be! Case studies will be Iceland, Hawaii, Italian volcanoes, the Caribbean, the Canary islands and any others requested by popular demand.

Course aim

An introduction to volcanoes - how they work, where we find them and why, and the different types.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • State what a volcano is and where we find them
  • Be able to identify the main volcanic rocks
  • Make an assessment of how a volcano usually erupts based on rocks and its shape
  • Discuss knowledgeably some of the worlds famous volcanoes

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Any relevant rocks, minerals or tourist info to volcanoes you have visited can be used in class

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Volcanoes: The What, Where and Why


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