September field course in central Oregon, offered through the University of Oregon Department of Earth Sciences

USGS Photograph by Lyn Topinka

Course overview:

What are the impacts of volcanic activity on people, infrastructure, and natural resources? This 2-week online course with a focus on the central Oregon Cascades will answer these questions. Learn how and why volcanoes erupt, where they exist on the planet, and how we monitor them for signs of activity. Gain an appreciation for the impacts of volcanic activity on human history, and the risks and benefits of living in close proximity to potentially active volcanoes.


Course logistics: 

Due to COVID-19, this course will meet online and will feature virtual field trips to central Oregon volcanoes. The class will be offered asynchronously – there are no pre-set class meeting times and you can complete the course material at your own pace (within the confines of the class schedule).

Explore recent volcanic features in central Oregon through virtual field trips!

Course schedule: August 31 – September 13, 2020

Registration: There are no pre-reqs for this course – ALL MAJORS ARE WELCOME!

Questions? Contact Daniele McKay, for more information.


Slideshow from past courses:

GEOL 399: Cascade VolcanoesSummer 2019


Course highlights:

***Due to COVID-19, this course will meet online and will feature virtual field trips to central Oregon volcanoes.

Normally this course is taught as a field class based in central Oregon, with daily field trips to volcanoes in the Cascade. The Course Highlights listed below are a sample of field trips from past courses. The Summer 2020 version of this course will feature virtual field trips to these locations, to be completed online. 


Sample of field trips from past courses:

During our week in central Oregon, we will ride the summer chairlift up Mt. Bachelor for a 360° view of the geology of the Cascades. We will visit some of the youngest lava flows in Oregon at Newberry National Volcanic Monument, and learn about the processes that created these volcanic deposits. We will tour lava tube caves, visit rivers that have cut deep channels through lava flows, and explore lakes that were created by volcanic activity.

Summer chairlift at Mt. Bachelor

Lava Butte, Q. Myers

Big Obsidian lava flow, Greg Burke

Newberry National Volcanic Monument, U.S. Forest Service

Lava River Cave, Dave Bunnell – Under Earth Images


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