1) Field & Lab examination of volcanic rocks and deposits
Goal: To learn to observe, describe, & interpret volcanic deposits in a scientific manner
2) Review and explore the physical properties of magmas
Goal: To gain an intuition for how magma properties vary and how these properties relate to eruption characteristics/style
3) Characterization of "eruption style"
Goal:To understand the range of volcanic activity and the reasons for different behaviours
4) Study the linkages between eruption style and deposit characteristics
Goal: To understand the range of volcanic activity and the reasons for differrent behaviours
5) Volcanic Hazards
Goal: Identification of volcanic hazards, assessment of risk, mitigation strategies.
Professor J.K. (Kelly) Russell
2014 TA's: Amy Ryan and Marie Turnbull
Required Textbook (Available at the UBC Bookstore):
Francis, P. & Oppenheimer, C. "Volcanoes". Oxford University Press, 2nd Edition.
Field Trips: There are 3 field trips at the start of the course, including:
1) Cheakamus Basalts on Sea-to-Sky Highway (1 day)
2) Watts Point Dacite quarry, south of Squamish (1 day)
3) Meager Mountain Volcanic Complex, Pemberton (2 day)
Dates of trips will be sent out in mid-summer.
Experimental Group Projects: A substantial component of the course derives from your
participation in a group scientific project. The project involves designing and implementing
an experimental program to address a major volcano logical scientific question. The topic
questions are handed out in the first week of classes.
Introduction & Scope
Physical Properties of Magmas I
(Viscosity, Density & Glass Formation)
Physical Properties of Magmas II
Description & Classification
of Pyroclastic Depsoits & Rocks
Styles of Volcanic Eruptions
Ascent & Eruption of Felsic Magma
Lava Flow Mechanisms and Traits
Pyroclastic Fall and Flow Processes
Analysis of Classic Eruptions
Neogene & Recent Volcanism in B.C.
Subglacial Volcanic Processes
Recognition of Volcanic Hazards
Assessment and Mitigation of Volcanic Risk
Atmospheric Effects of Volcanic Eruptions
Field Trip 1 (1-day)
Field Trip 2 (1-day)
Field Trip 3 (2-DAY Weekend Field Trip - 2460 BP eruption products of Mount Meager)
Hand Sample Description I:
Hand Sample Description II:
Pyroclastic Rocks & Complex Processes