Title

Volcanic Resources through the Ages

Date

5-29-2014 3:20 PM

End Time

29-5-2014 3:40 PM

Location

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 105

Department

Earth Science

Session Chair

Jeffrey Templeton

Session Title

“Eruptions that Shook the World” – Examining the Influence of Volcanism on the Earth System

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Dr. Jeffrey Templeton

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Throughout time, people have used the materials created by volcanic eruptions to better their lives. Resources include volcanic glass (obsidian), basalt, volcanic ash, and even the heat generated by magma underlying volcanic systems. The use of materials such as obsidian may have been a driving factor in the building of complex and long distance trading between early civilizations. Currently, geothermal energy is being used in locations across the globe, helping to reduce anthropogenic CO2 production. Innovative uses of basaltic materials have emerged in recent years. Basalt fibers and wools are being used, along with volcanic ash, to strengthen building materials used in infrastructure. These types of volcanic resources are also being used to clean up pollution of heavy metals and oil in sea water. This project focuses on the use of volcanic materials through time. The research utilizes the collective insight of multiple papers covering different aspects of material uses and studies.

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May 29th, 3:20 PM May 29th, 3:40 PM

Volcanic Resources through the Ages

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 105

Throughout time, people have used the materials created by volcanic eruptions to better their lives. Resources include volcanic glass (obsidian), basalt, volcanic ash, and even the heat generated by magma underlying volcanic systems. The use of materials such as obsidian may have been a driving factor in the building of complex and long distance trading between early civilizations. Currently, geothermal energy is being used in locations across the globe, helping to reduce anthropogenic CO2 production. Innovative uses of basaltic materials have emerged in recent years. Basalt fibers and wools are being used, along with volcanic ash, to strengthen building materials used in infrastructure. These types of volcanic resources are also being used to clean up pollution of heavy metals and oil in sea water. This project focuses on the use of volcanic materials through time. The research utilizes the collective insight of multiple papers covering different aspects of material uses and studies.