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For 6 weeks, students will travel throughout the North and South Islands, deciphering the geologic evolution of New Zealand from a series of linked field modules. Our goal is to provide students with a skill base of field-focused techniques that will enab
Location:
Christchurch, New Zealand
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
The Geology of New Zealand Programme is the premier geological scince programme offered in New Zealand. It begins with a six-week field camp, which includes a series of interlinked modules that explore the stratigraphy, mountain building, and tectonics of the South Island, and the volcanology and geothermal geology of the North Island. Following field-camp, students transition to a campus semester at the University of Canterbury located in Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island. While at the University of Canterbury, students enroll in four courses, one of which is a research methods course based upon data collected in field camp. We average 3 publications from student research per year!

For 6 weeks, students will travel throughout the North and South Islands, deciphering the geologic evolution of New Zealand from a series of linked field modules. Our goal is to provide students with a skill base of field-focused techniques that will enable them to understand the fundamental causes and timescales of geologic processes. Field work is complemented by map preparation and exercises in the evenings, as well as lectures that highlight a wide variety of our staff’s field and laboratory-based studies.

Students Recieve 5 course credits with transcripts from Lafayette College. Each year, several students publish in peer reveiwed journals or present their research projects at the Geological Society of America.
Setting Description:
Field Module 1: Introduction to Geologic Field Mapping – Quaternary geology, glacial deposits and active tectonics (Kaikoura - South Island). Field Module 2: Detailed stratigraphic and structural mapping in an uplifted and deformed succession of Oligocene marine strata (Castle Hill basin - South Island). Field Module 3: Gondwanaland to New Zealand: reconstructing the geologic architecture of the South Island (West Coast - South Island). Field Module 4: Volcanoes: Eruption Styles, Volcano Monitoring and Hazards (Taupo Volcanic Zone - North Island). Field Module 5: Independent Research Projects. During field module 5, students will apply the skills acquired during the first four weeks of field camp on a variety of potential projects. Focusing on the Banks Peninsula, students will engage in volcanology, structural geology, paleoclimatology, and hydrologic research projects (Banks Peninsula - South Island).
Cost:
Tuition 2015: $20,200 USD ***Subject to change Tuition includes all 5-week field camp costs Semester tuition Travel and health insurance Academic advising Lafayette College Transcript Pre-Departure Services Application and Visa Support Services Housing Support Course Selection

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