Hot Rocks and Humanity

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Hot Rocks and Humanity

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Geology, Natural Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course begins by considering the large-scale tectonic context of igneous activity. It deals with the physical, chemical and mineralogical nature of molten rocks and how they may be classified. It considers the emplacement of magma above and beneath the Earth's surface and the consequences of this for igneous lithology and structure. The course describes the characteristic landforms of igneous terrains. Finally, it tackles human interaction with hot rocks from the point of view of both hazards (such as volcanoes) and of resources (such as geothermal energy, economic minerals and soils).

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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