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Geology of the Pacific Islands

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All of the islands surrounding the Pacific Ocean are volcanic because they formed, or are forming, via the process of Plate Tectonics. Where the Pacific Plate is moving over a hot spot, or where it is being subducted below another plate, deep trenches form (such as Mariana Trench, deepest point on planet Earth) and huge volcanoes (such as Mauna Loa and Mt. Fuji) erupt. In this class we will travel counterclockwise around the Pacific Ocean and visit the Hawaiian Islands (Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, Hawaii), Midway, Guam, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Tahiti and Society Islands, Easter Island, and Galapagos Island. We will discover the weird creatures of the deepest trenches and discuss the different cultures of these islands; i.e., how the Polynesians – the greatest seafarers ever known – discovered the Pacific islands and even made it all the way to South America.


Class Details

2 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

CE South Building

Carol A. Hill 



Please read:  UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.



Registration Closes On
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
1/23/2019 - 1/30/2019 Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Albuquerque, CE South Building  Map, Room: 107 Carol A. Hill