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Advanced Field Study

GEOL 373
2.5 weeks in Greece, 1.5 weeks on-campus
4 credits
Professor Jeffrey Rahl

Positioned on the boundary between the African and European tectonic plates, the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea display a remarkable breadth of geology. In this course, students will explore the diverse geology of Greece with a particular emphasis on the regional tectonics. Long-lived subduction of the downgoing African Plate has created features typical of convergent margins, including a large accretionary wedge and an active volcanic arc. Regional stretching of the overriding plate will allow students to explore features common in extensional terrains, such as the metamorphic core complexes exposed in Naxos and other islands of the Cyclades. Additional topics will include high-pressure metamorphism, deformation mechanisms, geomorphology of actively uplifted landscapes, paleomagnetic rotations, and tectonic mélanges.

After a week on-campus focused on readings and lectures introducing the regional geology, the class will travel to Greece for 2.5 weeks. Approximately one week will be spent exploring the geology of Crete, followed by multi-day trips to the islands of Santorini, Naxos, and Tinos, and finishing in Athens. The course is open to all geology majors, though enrollment will be limited.

This course will satisfy Geology major requirements but does not qualify as an FDR.

PROGRAM FEE:  $1,000 (Paid to W&L) includes international airfare, room and some meals, mandatory supplementary health and medical emergency evacuation insurance.

Additional Costs:  Other meals (est. $400) and personal spending money.

For further information, contact Professor Rahl.