Course Information
TitleΗΦΑΙΣΤΕΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ / Volcanology
CodeNGMO 722Ε
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600019062

Programme of Study: PPS-Tmīma Geōlogías (2020-sīmera)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses743
ORYKTOLOGIA - PETROLOGIAElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)743

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
• To understand volcanoes in a plate tectonics framework • To explain how and why volcanoes erupt. • To understand the physical properties of magma and how these can influence eruption. • To distinguish between the different types of volcanoes, their styles of eruption, and their tectonomagmatic environments, with classic examples of each. • Describe the mechanics of eruption and the principle eruption types, with classic examples of each. • Το understand and use the terminology and classification of volcanic products. • To understand volcanic hazards, hazard mitigation and volcanic monitoring. • To understand volcanic activity in Greece.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Respect natural environment
Course Content (Syllabus)
ERUPTION DYNAMICS: Volcano-tectonic environments. Spreading center volcanism. Subduction zone volcanism. Intraplate volcanism. Earth's internal heat energy and interior structure. Physicochemical controls. Variability of eruptions. Eruption model. VOLCANIC LANDFORMS: Volcano types. Scoria cones. Shield volcanoes. Stratovolcanoes. Calderas. Lava domes. ERUPTION PRODUCTS: Lava flow types. Flow features. Lava and water. Tephra and pyroclastic rocks. Pyroclastic flows. Lahars. Volcanic gases. Climate effects. ERUPTION TYPES: Fissure eruption. Hawaiian eruption. Strombolian eruption. Vulcanian eruption. Plinian eruption. Peléan eruption. Hydrovolcanic eruption. HISTORICAL ERUPTIONS: Krakatau. Mt. Pelée. Paricutin. Mt. St. Helens. Nevado del Ruiz. Lake Nyos. SANTORINI: Geological setting. Volcanic activity and origin. Minoan eruption. Post-minoan activity (Palea and Nea Kameni). Monitoring. Kolumbo submarine volcano. Atlantis legend. CENOZOIC VOLCANISM IN GREECE: Age. Volcanic provinces. Cenozoic magmatism. South Aegean volcanic arc. PLANETARY VOLCANISM: Silicate volcanism (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Moon, Io). Cryovolcanism (Enceladus, Titan, Triton, Europe).
Volcano, magma, lava, pyroclastic flow, volcanic eruption, volcanic activity, volcanic risk, Santorini
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
1) All class material is available in electronic form to all students through the course web page 2) The teacher communicates with students through email and Facebook 3) The class evaluation is performed through the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.)
Course Organization
Reading Assigment20
Student Assessment
Quality management system of the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Σημειώσεις διδάσκοντα Encyclopedia of Volcanoes, Haraldur Sigurdsson, Academic Press, 1999.
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