The field trip will start May 18 at the bus station of Olot at 7:30 am. During the first half of the day, participants will explore and discuss the evolution of La Crosa de Sant Dalmai maar volcano, the largest maar crater of the Iberian Peninsula, formed during the Pleistocene. Then, the group will debate on the stratigraphy of the basaltic tuﬀ-ring of El Puig d’Adri and its phreatomagmatic deposits, including basaltic ignimbrites. After these geological stops, we will visit Caldes de Malavella, a beautiful village declared historical monument of national interest, with a great tradition in spas and thermal water springs since Roman Empire in time of Emperor Augustus, who called this village Aquae Calidae. Moreover, we can find Medieval architecture such as the walls of the old castle Caldes with 3 towers of s. XII and also modernist and neoclassical buildings in the old town of the village (http://www.femturisme.cat/en/villages/caldes-de-malavella). After lunch in Caldes de Malavella, the group will visit the open fossil excavation in lacustrine sediments of the Camp dels Ninots Pliocene maar crater located in the same village. During the morning of the second day, the group will visit the Montsacopa complex cinder cone that rises right in the heart of the city and is one of the five volcanoes that stand inside the city of Olot. This volcano exhibits a diversity of eruptive styles with strong evidence of vent migration controlled by tectonic features. After that, we will do a tour around the rootless volcanoes and tumuli lava field of Bosc de Tosca, with more than one hundred tossols (local name of rootless volcanoes) that have formed all along the lava flow emitted by the Puig Jordà volcano with an age of about 17,000-years old. After lunch in a popular restaurant in the region, the attendees will visit Sant Joan Les Fonts columnar-jointed lava flows. The last stop of the second day will be in the Quaternary Cairat maar volcano and their phreatomagmatic deposits. The last day of the field trip, the participants will enjoy the wonderful views and landscapes of the Garrotxa Volcanic Park and the Mediterranean coast from the Xenacs panoramic viewpoint. An important aspect of this field trip is that it will also include discussions about the relation between science and society taking into account that in this region volcanoes are present in many aspects of local society, as its cultural heritage, local history, architecture, or even in its excellent cuisine. The local people are aware of living among volcanoes and that they represent the most characteristic feature of their region, in an extent comparable or even superior to areas with more active volcanism.
Field-trip leaders: Xavier Bolós, Joan Martí, Oriol Oms, Gerard Campeny and Bruno Gómez.
Field trip registration includes the field guide, transport, visits, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners.
Important: accommodation IS NOT included taking to account that we will have all dinners in Olot and therefore we recommend that the attendees will book the same hotel during the conference days, thus avoiding change hotels.
Venue & Info
Passport / Visa
In general, most visitors will not require European Union Visas in order to enter in Spain, but citizens of some countries need one. Please consult the Spanish Embassy or Consulate General in your area for information about Visas.
If a participant needs and invitation letter with the signature of the chairmen, one will be provided after completion of the registration for the conference. This invitation letter is intended to assist participants in travel and visa arrangements and does not imply financial support.
The registration fee does not include insurance for the participants regarding accidents, sickness or loss of personal property. It is advisable that participants make their own arrangements in respect of health and travel insurance before leaving their countries.