Fall 2019 - EASC 620 G100

Volcanology (3)

Class Number: 10749

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SSCK 7654, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 5008, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Glyn Williams-Jones
    1 778 782-3306
    Office: TASC 1 Room 7225
  • Prerequisites:

    Undergraduate course in petrology and structural geology.



Physical, chemical and tectonic aspects of volcanology examined with emphasis on processes of magma generation and evolution, styles of eruption, environments of deposition, and interpretation of volcanic facies. Includes two to three weekend field trips.


This course is designed to give students an introduction to physical and chemical volcanology through a comprehensive examination of volcanic eruptions and their consequences. The main topics covered are the rheological properties of magmas and lavas, structure of volcanic landforms, eruption dynamics, monitoring and hazard assessment, the emplacement of volcanic deposits, extraterrestrial volcanism and the effects of eruptions on the environment.

Course Topics:
1. Properties of magmas and lavas
2. Volcanic eruption dynamics
3. Geomorphology of volcanic landforms
4. Types of volcanic deposits and emplacement mechanisms
5. The hazards, monitoring techniques and mitigation of volcanic events
6. Extraterrestrial volcanism and environmental effects of large eruptions

Course Co/Prerequisites:
Permission of Instructor

Course Organisation:
One 2-hour lecture and 3-hour lab per week.
One compulsory field trips – Sept. 21-22, 2019


  • Lab / Field trip assignments 20%
  • In Class Volcanic Hazard Simulation 15%
  • Mid-term Exam 25%
  • Final Exam 40%



“Volcanism” by Hans-Ulrich Schmincke, 2004, Springer, New York, 329 p.


ISBN: 978-3-540-43650-8

“Encyclopedia of Volcanoes”, H. Sigurdsson, B. Houghton, H. Rymer, J. Stix, S. McNutt (Eds.), 2000, Academic Press.

ISBN: 0-12-643140-X

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