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This free course, Volcanic hazards, discusses the various hazards posed by different types of volcanic eruption, illustrated by examples from recent eruptions. The discussion is focused around reading Chapter 5 of Teach yourself volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis by OU volcanologist David Rothery.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- demonstrate general knowledge and understanding of the hazards posed by volcanic eruptions and methods to predict, monitor and mitigate risk as well as some notable eruptions
- understand the contribution that science can make to informed debate on environmental hazards and risk mitigation
- locate information on specified internet sites, and use this in conjunction with other knowledge to make reasoned deductions.
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This course discusses the various hazards posed by volcanic eruptions, illustrated by examples from recent eruptions. While you read this course and complete the activities afterwards, it would be a good idea to compile your own table of hazards, with as many examples of each one as you can find. You will meet the term 'micrometre' in connection with the size of very tiny ash particles; a micrometre is one-millionth of a metre, which is one-thousandth of a millimetre.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course s186.
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Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd March 2016
Last updated on: Tuesday, 22nd March 2016
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