Volcanology and Ecology in Nicaragua

90% of the world’s 1,900 active volcanoes are located along the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire,” where tectonic plates meet with massive force and give us glimpses of the Earth’s power. While we know that live volcanoes play visually dramatic roles in their local environments, the effects of constant low-level emissions or sporadic eruptions of sulfur dioxide and other gases on nearby plants, animals, and people remain unclear.

You can help Prof. Hazel Rymer and Drs. Glyn William-Jones, and Mike Gillman study the effects of acid rain, volcanic smog, and other volcanic side effects on the soil, water, and wildlife -especially tropical butterflies - near this “persistently active” volcano. Since this volcano erupts frequently at a very low level, it’s possible to investigate their ongoing impact on their surroundings.

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What to Expect?

Hiking around Nicaragua’s active Masaya Volcano and surveying the surrounding areas to help determine the effects volcanic activity has on plant, animal, and human communities, you’ll use GPS technology, monitor volcanic gases, and deploy devices to collect geoelectric activity and gravity. You'll also dig holes, take soil and water samples, and conduct butterfly surveys.

You’ll enjoy the spectacular scenery of recent lava flows, red hot magma, and fantastic flora and fauna, including, turtles, crocodiles, and a colony of parrots. During your recreational time you can explore nearby national parks and sample the local culture.

  • Program ID: # 2092
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
  • location:
    Masaya Volcano, Nicaragua Masaya
    11° 58' 58.0008" N, 86° 9' 42.984" W
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Managua (MGA)
  • Costs From:
    $1500 to $3000
    Over $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
    Learn Abroad
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