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Geology of the Pacific Islands

Course number : 19734   ID : 89121    Class Section : Spring 1
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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 tectnoics. Where the Pacific Plate is moving over a hot spot, or where it's being subducted below another plate, deep trenches, such as the Mariana Trench (deepest point on planet Earth) form, and huge volcanoes, such as Mauna Loa and Mt. Fuji, erupt. We'll travel counterclockwise around the Pacific Ocean, visiting the Hawaiian Islands (Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii), MIdway, Guam, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Tahiti, and other Society Islands, Easter Island, and Galapagos Island. We'll discover the weird creatures of the deepest trenches, discuss the different cultures of these islands, and understand 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 22, 2020 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
1/22/2020 - 1/29/2020 Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Albuquerque, CE South Building  Map, Room: 106 Carol A. Hill