General information

Module title Volcanology
Language English
Module lecturer dr Monika Nowak
Lecturer's email mnap@amu.edu.pl
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 30
ECTS 5
USOS code 07-V-AMU-PIE

Timetable

Volcanology course will start on March 3rd. The lessons will be on Thursdays, from 10:30 to 12:30, room 54 Collegium Geologicum.

Module aim (aims)

The main aim of course is to present entire range of phenomena’s related with volcanic activity. Genesis of the volcanoes from magma formation, magma storage to different styles of volcanic eruptions. The strong emphasis will be put on natural hazards and economical pro and cons related with this phenomena.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Bachelor from geology or geography.

Syllabus

Week 1: History of volcanology: from field observation to scientific experiments.
Week 2: Partial melting, magma formation, magma ascent, magma storage and volcanic eruptions. Factors which determining styles of volcanic eruptions: tectonic environment, chemical composition, gas content, VEI etc.
Week 3: Flood basalts - magma compositions, eruption properties and types of geological deposits, Hawaiian and Strombolian type of eruptions - magma compositions, eruption properties and types of geological deposits
Week 4: Vulcanian type of eruptions - magma compositions, eruption properties and types of geological deposits,
Week 5: Plinian type of eruptions - magma compositions, eruption properties and types of geological deposits -> in the building of the Institute of Geology?
Week 6: Pyroclastic flows and ignimbrite formations, Supervolcanos - facts and myths
Week 7: Hydromagmatic eruptions: marine environments - magma compositions, eruption properties and types of geological deposits
Week 8: Hydromagmatic eruptions: subglacial enviroments - magma compositions, eruption properties and types of geological deposits
Week 9: Volcano monitoring and Volcanos as natural hazard, Frequencies of the volcanic eruptions, Volcanism on other planets
Week 10: Exam

Reading list

Cas, R.A.F., and Wright, J.V. (1988). Volcanic Successions - Modern and Ancient, Unwin Hyman.Fisher R.V., Schmincke H.U. (1984). Pyroclastic rocks. Edition, illustrated. Publisher, Springer-Verlag.Parfitt, E., Wilson, L. (2008). Fundamentals of Physical Volcanology. Blackwell.Sigurdsson, H., Houghton, B., Ballard, R. (2000). Encyclopedia of volcanoes, vol. 1417. Academic Press.Wilson, M. (1989). Igneous petrogenesis. Springer.