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Volcanic Eruption Sparks Interest in Geosciences

Applications to the University of Iceland (HÍ) Earth Science department for the coming semester have increased significantly since last year. It appears as if the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull has sparked an interest in this field of study.

The eruption in Eyjafjallajökull. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

This summer the department has received 48 applications for geology and 13 for geophysics, compared to 39 and six in 2009, respectively. This is an increase by 23 percent in geology and 117 percent in geophysics, Morgunbladid reports.

“These are certainly large numbers for a subject as small as the earth sciences here at the university. In fact, there was also an increase last year, which we traced back to the crisis. However, now it seems that the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull and all the fuss around it has sparked an interest among people,” said Hreggvidur Norddahl, the vice president of HÍ’s Earth Science department.

These numbers don’t include students who come from abroad and study earth sciences in English for one or two semesters. Norddahl said a similar number of applications were received from that group of students as in previous years.

Click here to read other stories related to the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull.

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