(PRWEB) May 16, 2005
A new online course for engineers, surveyors, landscape architects and architects explores the fundamentals of volcanoes. The course, which launched on http://www.RedVector.com, comes as the 25th anniversary of the Mount St. Helens volcano eruption nears.
On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted, creating the largest landslide in recorded history and taking 57 lives. While no one is predicting a similar event now, according to course author Donna Rona, P.E., recent research indicates Mt. St. Helens is active again now.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, growth of a new lava dome inside the crater of Mount St. Helens continues with Âlow emissions of steam and volcanic gases, and minor production of ash.Â The Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network has measured more than 600 earthquakes in the area so far this month.
Mount St. Helens is one of 18 volcanoes in the United States recently classified as very high threats for volcanic eruption by the U.S. Geological Survey. Yellowstone and 35 other volcanoes were classified as high threats for eruption.
RedVectorÂs new 2-hour course covers volcano origins, locations, contributions to our planet, and hazards in depth and includes numerous illustrations and graphics to enhance understanding of key concepts. Participants will:
- Know the vocabulary of volcanoes
- Understand the character of eruptions and the factors that influence that character
- Understand the destructive power of volcanoes through explosions, lahars, gas release, blowdowns, ash and heat
- Understand the influence of tectonic settings on formation and type of volcanoes
- Understand the environmental effects (short and long term) of volcanic activity
The course benefits anyone looking to learn more about the explosive elements of volcanoes. Many construction and design professionals have expressed interest in volcano dynamics and other earth science subjects.
RedVector.com also offers courses by the same author on topics such as hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes and storm surge.
About RedVector.com, Inc.
RedVector.com offers online courses to professionals involved in the design and construction industries. For more information, log on to http://www.RedVector.com or call 800-877-5159, Ext. 505
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