EPS 214: Physical Volcanology

Vulcanian eruption at Kagoshima, Japan, July 22, taken during the 2014 IAVCEI meeting.


This course provides an overview of the physical aspects of volcanic and magmatic processes. No prerequisites, but previous courses in igneous petrology and calculus through differential equations will be very helpful.

Meeting time:

This class meets Wednesdays from 9:00-11:00, McCone 220

A field trip to Long Valley may be occur in May, to be determined


``Modeling volcanic processes'', Cambridge University Press 2013, edited by Fagents, Gregg and Lopes.

We will cover one of two chapters per week and supplement these with one (or sometimes more) research papers


Week 1: Introduction to volcanology and the outstanding questions

Week 2: Magma chambers + Caricchi et al (Nat Geo 2014)

Week 3: Dikes + Kiyosugi et al. (Geology 2012)

Week 4: Conduits + Wilson and Head (Nature 2007) + Castro and Dingwell (Nature 2009)

Week 5: Lava flows + Tuffen et al (Nat Comm 2013)

Week 6: Strombolian eruptions + Cimarelli et al. (Geology 2010)

Week 7: Vulcanian eruptions + Michaut et al. (Nat Geo 2013)

Week 8: Sustained eruptions + Telling et al (GRL 2013)

Week 9: Volcanic plumes + Hreinsdottir et al (Nat Geo 2014)

Week 10: Pyroclastic density currents + Andrews and Manga (Geology 2011)

Week 11: Magma-water interactions, Submarine eruptions, and Volcano-ice interactions (chapters 11-13) + Rotella et al (Nat Geo 2013)

Week 12: Volcano seismology and acoustics (chapters 15 and 16) + Dmitrieva et al (Nat Geo 2013)

Last modified 24 January 2014

Stretched bubble (about 100 microns long) in obsidian;
from its shape we can infer both the flow type and strain rate
(from work with graduate student Alison Rust)
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