Chile Course: Summer 2014

Host University: Shippensburg University, Department of Geography-Earth Science
Instructors: Drs. Paul Marr and Claire Jantz
Openings Available: 10-15 people
Travel Dates: mid-May / early-June
Cost: $3,400 - $3,600 (excluding tuition)
Payment Schedule:
$200 non-refundable deposit - November 29, 2013

$500 installment - January, 2014
$500 installment - February, 2014
Balance due - March, 2014

For more information contact:  Dr. Paul Marr  or  Dr. Claire Jantz

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Friday, November 8, 2:00-3:00pm, Shearer Hall 109: Meeting with Eric Dinsmore from the Financial Aid office.

Airline tickets have dropped in price, ranging from $840 - $1100 (down from $1700). We would like to take advantage of this, and may be speeding up the payment schedule to at least cover airfare. Please email for more information.

Course Description(s):
Students may sign up for ONE of the following two courses:
GEO 190: General Education, Regional Geography of Northern Chile (6 credits)
Click here for the syllabus
GEO 450: Geography-Geology Field Studies in Chile
(6 credits)
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General Description:
Two week regional field study observing and analyzing the physical and cultural landscapes of the northern Chilean coast, the Atacama desert, and the Andean dry puna. Topics covered will include (but are not limited to):
  1. History and geography of port city of Iquique, focusing on its historic role in the nitrate trade and it current role as a free-trade zone and tourist destination.
  2. Investigation of historic nitrate mining in the Atacama desert, focusing on the mining operations and the workers who lived and died at the mines, and the geography and geology of the Atacama.
  3. The geographic aspects of Chile's 'disappeared'—political dissidents from the Augusto Pinochet regime (1973-1990)— who were subsequently murdered while being held in detention camps in northern Chile.
  4. Water resources in the hyper-arid north, focusing on water allocation and use, hydrology, and the impacts of water extraction on the natural environment.
  5. Atacama prehistory, specifically desert and coastal population, distribution, and culture prior to European contact.
  6. The Andean puna environment, water and land resources, geology, climate, fauna, and vegetation zones.
  7. Indigenous Aymaran settlement and culture, focusing on human-environmental interactions, landscape changes, and population shifts.