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VOLCANOLOGY

CODE 87056
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 4 cfu during the 2nd year of 9022 SCIENZE GEOLOGICHE (LM-74) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR GEO/08
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Volcanology is the study of volcanic rocks, magmas and chemico-physical processes that govern volcanic processes and eruptions. It deals also with volcanic risk assessment. 

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The aim of this course is to highlight the fundamental mechanisms of volcanic processes, from primordial accretion and thermal evolution of planetary bodies to relations between volcanism and tectonics. Special attention will be devoted to the role of chemico-physical and thermodynamic properties of magmas and volatiles in determining eruptive processes and to the use of phase diagrams and geochemical data in modelling solid-melt-fluid equilibria. A final part will be dedicated to Italian volcanoes (Etna, Aeolian Islands, Vesuvius, Phlegrean Fields, Roman Comagmatic Province and Vulture), with a 3-days field trip planned every year.

    PREREQUISITES

    Basic knowledge of geochemistry, geology, mineralogy and petrology is required.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lectures and fieldtrip activities.

    Students are recommended to follow updates about COVID-19 on the specific AULA WEB page.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Dispense di Vulcanologia (download from the Aula WEB page)

    Ottonello G., (1991) Principi di Geochimica. Zanichelli, Bologna, 708pp. 

    Ottonello G., (1997) Principles of Geochemistry. Columbia University Press, New York-Chicester-West Sussex, 894 pp.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    VOLCANOLOGY

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral exam (see assessment method).

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The exam will be performed via a oral presentation made by the students on a specific topic of the course.

    Students are recommended to follow updates about COVID-19 on the specific AULA WEB page.