MAPPING THE GLOBE: GEOLOGICALLY AND CULTURALLY
In the summer of 2013, 33 instructors and 228 students from 73 institutions across the USA, Canada, China, Turkey, South Korea, and Suriname mapped the geology ranging from volcanoes to fault zones in Hawaii, Turkey, Iceland, Nepal, India, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, and the Black Hills of South Dakota.
The students in Iceland Volcanology Field Camp develop a sense of the distinctiveness of the Icelandic culture and history, and the significance of geology in shaping that culture. They learn about the history of the country, including how tephrachronology has been critical in archaeology while studying volcanoes.
While mapping volcanic rocks high in the Andes as well as in the Galapagos Islands, the students encounter a variety of people and cultures while spending time in small mountain villages and in the city of Quito. It is particularly striking for the students to learn how the active volcanoes, which are such an important part of the life and culture in Ecuador and Galapagos Islands.
In Hawaii, students realize how Hawaiian culture and myths are interlaced with historical volcanic activity. Furthermore they appreciate the rich complexity of what initially appeared to be monotonous basaltic lava flows.
The camp in India takes students across colorful cultural boundaries while mapping variety of environments ranging from charnockites near Tiruvannamalai to shoreline contamination in mangroves on the coast of Andaman Islands.
In Nepal students live in tents and trek with Nepali porters and cooks sharing food and learning Nepali language as they map. The students climbed over 10,000 ft up the Annapurnas and encountered everything from low altitude jungles with monkeys to high alpine tundra.