ERTH 214: Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau Field Geology

Credits 1

A four-day fieldtrip on the island of Kaua‘I to study the volcanological evolution and continuing geological history of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau volcanoes. Students are responsible for air and ground transportation, meals, and lodging.


Credit for or registration in ERTH 101, ERTH 103, or consent of instructor.

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.