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  • Locations: Various, Iceland
  • Program Terms: May Intensive
  • Restrictions: Bentley applicants only
  • COST (click here): May Intensive
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Intensive 2017 02/01/2017
Varies by program 05/13/2017 05/26/2017

** Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program as soon as possible after the application deadline once all applications have been reviewed.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Eligibility: Undergraduate Faculty Leader: Ackert, Robert
Credits/Typical Courseload: 4 Co-leader: Hauserman, Shawn
Prerequisite: Instructor permission required Program Advisor: Christine Hollenhorst
Earle and Sloan Travel Fellowship Available: Yes
Program Description:

Iceland is a paradise for geological studies, including volcanic activity related to a mid-ocean ridge and magma hot spot, alpine glaciers and ice caps with their meltwater streams and jökulhlaups, as well as geysers and geothermal resources in a country that is attempting to be the first to reach carbon neutrality. Iceland’s volcanoes, glaciers and ice caps are more accessible than those in many other parts of the world, and adjacent lakes provide some of the best paleoenvironmental records anywhere for understanding global climate change. In addition to studying rock outcrops and glaciers first hand, we will conduct stream flow measurements in order that the students experience data collection in the field, as well as data reduction and analysis.  Reykjavik, a city of about 120,000 (or over 200,000 in the greater metropolitan area), is the most northerly capital in the world at a latitude of 64°08' N. However, because of the proximity of the warm Gulf Stream surface ocean current, the climate remains relatively mild in coastal areas throughout the year. May corresponds to early spring in Iceland with snow lingering at low altitudes and in the north; it also corresponds with the migration of tens of thousands of swans and geese on their annual trip to the arctic nesting grounds.  Click here or here for additional background information on Iceland.

Click here for a sample syllabus and itinerary: NASC130 Fire and Ice Principles of Geology in Iceland Syllabus May 2017- 2.pdf

Please contact Professor Robert Ackert for more details.

This program is currently not accepting applications.