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Volcanoes That Changed Human History   

Did you know that there are more than 1500 active volcanoes on the Earth's surface, and twice as many beneath the ocean? These volcanoes cause around 540 deaths every year, which equates to over one million deaths in the past 2000 years.

This course will focus on the supervolcanoes that have had a profound effect on human history, including the evolution of our species, the downfall of ancient civilizations, and the chilling effects on the earth’s climate system. Along the way, we will take a brief look at the science of volcanology, including the types of volcanoes, and the volcanic hazards that such eruptions unleash.

Also included is a hands-on volcanic rock lab. Students may bring food and drink to class.

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