Course Overview

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.

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Section Title
Geology of the Pacific Islands Live Online
Live Online
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Jan 27, 2021 to Feb 03, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $25.00 Click here to get more information
Potential Discount(s)
Drop Request Deadline
Jan 24, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jan 24, 2021
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Apr 07, 2021
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