Iceland: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics -- Summer
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Explore the geology underneath Iceland’s energy
Students will explore all of Iceland’s astonishingly varied landscapes: glaciers, volcanoes, fjords, geothermal fields, highlands, lava flows, rugged coastline, and infinite waterfalls. Students will experience the power of nature, which is evident in every aspect of this constantly transforming island. Witnessing Iceland’s energy sources will provide students an essential understanding of the geology beneath energy utilization.
The Southwest and the Golden Circle
During orientation in the first week, the program will explore Iceland’s southwest region, including the Golden Circle. The circle includes Geysir Geothermal Area, Gullfoss waterfall, and Thingvellir National Park. While hosted by the eco-village Sólheimar, students will get a glimpse into one form of sustainable community. They will also visit geothermal and hydropower plants, volcanic craters, and small fishing villages, thereby gaining an immediate introduction to the country.
Travel around the Ring Road
Traveling around Iceland on the Ring Road, students will take in Iceland’s tremendous geologic diversity. Also known as the National Highway and Route 1, the Ring Road only recently became completely paved. The road leads students to such major sites as Mývatn Lake, an ecological and geological gem in the North; Kárahnjúkar, the highland site of the controversial large hydropower project of the same name; and Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe.
Duration: 7 weeks
Language Study: Icelandic
Prerequisites: Coursework in engineering, resource economics, or environmental studies Read more...
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