Peru, home to some of the world's most magnificent mountains, lies in the center of the Andes. This mini-term focuses on one of the country's most breathtaking areas, the Cordillera Blanca Mountains. The Peruvian Andes are the most glaciated tropical region in the world because the high mountains have sufficient precipitation for glaciers to form. Perfect for field studies, the mountains are easily accessible, with climbing at all grades.
Course of Study
Students address both the geologic record of climate change preserved in glacial deposits and lakes in the majestic Cordillera Blanca and the impact of that climate change on human populations.
Based out of the city of Huaraz, the course is centered on three field excursions: Conococha Plain, Breque Valley, and Llanganuco Lakes. Each site offers a wide range of opportunities for geologic investigation. Students participate in mapping projects, lake coring expeditions and documenting stratigraphic sequences in natural exposures.
Given the setting, the course will be physically rigorous, and participation in group activities is required. Evaluations of field projects will include an assessment of the student as a group member. Each student also is required to compile a field notebook, which will be collected and evaluated periodically, and graded at the end of the course. There will be additional projects, assignments and/or exams based on information from the field studies.
- Successful completion of an introductory Geology course before the mini-term (preferably numbered 200 or higher).
- Although not required, priority is given to rising sophomores and juniors interested in majoring in Geology, Environmental Science or Environmental Policy.
Accommodations are variable.
This mini-term is not currently offered. Please contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor for information. For More Information Schedules, travel tips and more are available on the Impacts of Climate Change Peru website. Students may also contact Professor Rodbell.