How do volcanoes shape the landscape and impact your life?

About the Instructor

Dr. Terry Naumann began developing and teaching online geology courses for the University of Hawai‘i in 2017 after he retired from the University of Alaska Anchorage. His research focused on volcanoes, but his primary focus  has always been as an educator in the geological sciences. Normally seen crossing continents via motorbikes, he brings his overwhelming enthusiasm for the study of the planet to UH Mānoa.

For inquiries: email tnaumann@hawaii.edu

Summer 2

This course is an introduction to how volcanoes work and how their processes shape the landscape and  impact your lives. This course is a GER offering so it covers a wide range of applicable topics. At the completion of the course you will have a general understanding of volcanic processes including the description and classification of volcanoes, volcanic eruptions, and volcanic deposits.

Ever wonder why some why some volcanoes only erupt smooth flowing lavas while others violently explode with large clouds of ash? Or why in certain climates volcanoes actually attract people to live on their slopes rather than scaring them away? Or why volcanoes are not distributed evenly across the surface of the Earth? These are just a few of the topics that are covered in Introduction to Volcanoes.

Fulfills the general educational requirement: DP

Updated 12/08/2022