The course: GEOL 140 | A Geologic Exploration of New Zealand’s Dynamic Landscape
The experience: During this two-week study abroad experience, 21 students and three professors—Dru Germanoski, Dr. Ervin R. Van Artsdalen Professor of Geology, Tamara Carley, associate professor of geology, and Christa Kelleher, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering—explored New Zealand’s geology and landscape that is being shaped in real time.
Highlights included spending nearly a week exploring the volcanic landscapes of Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe, and Mount Tongariro on the North Island. “The hike up to Mount Ngauruhoe was a special experience, as was our hike around the Orakei Korako geothermal area and our visit to the site of the Tangiwai railway accident,” shares Germanoski. “On the South Island, highlights included a hike through Stream Cave—a 0.5-kilometer-long cave with a stream flowing through it—a visit to the Castle Hill karst area, a hike to view the retreating Franz Josef glacier, zodiac boating among icebergs in Tasman Lake, and travels across and through the Southern Alps.”