ERTH 211: Big Island Field Geology

Credits 1

A four-day field trip on the island of Hawai’i. A survey of Hawaiian volcanic processes is illustrated by studying Kilauea, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai, and Kohala volcanoes. Students are responsible for air and ground transportation, meals, and lodging.


Credit for or registration in GG 101, GG 103, or consent of instructor. Must have medical clearance.

Course Outcomes
  • Understand through field observation, with field and laboratory exercises, geological processes that construct, modify, and destroy the Hawaiian landscape.
  • Realize the hazards, mitigation of these hazards and benefits of Hawaiian volcanism, and its relationship to island culture(s).
  • Appreciate current research and studies of Hawaiian volcanism through visits to appropriate museums and research laboratories.
  • Understand the vastness of geological time applied to Hawai‘i, and how time is measured thus the time-scale known.