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    Vassar College
  Nov 20, 2017
Catalogue 2017-2018
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ESCI 135 - Volcanoes and Civilization

1 unit(s)
Few natural phenomena are more spectacular than a volcanic eruption. Volcanoes have been an important part of human culture throughout history whether in legends or in actual events. Through accounts of volcanic events, such as Plato’s account of the legend of Atlantis, recent scientific analysis of the eruption of Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii, or news media coverage of current eruptions, this course studies the role volcanoes have played in society as it traces the historical development of volcanological study using sources such as classical literature, nineteenth century treatises in natural science, modern scientific journals, and the popular media. Jeffrey Walker.

An optional field trip to an active volcano is possible.

Not offered in 2017/18.

Two 75-minute periods.

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