Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer of Geological & Environmental Sciences ran a faculty-led international field trip to Taiwan over Spring Break this year. The students learned about the geology, environment, culture, and human history of the island.
“Taiwan is sitting right on the tectonic plate boundary between the Eurasian Plate and The Philippine Sea Plate, so it has almost everything from a geological aspect,” said Beiersdorfer.
Scientific highlights included the highly eroded sandstone formations of Yehliu Geopark; pollution from a Japanese colonial-era gold smelter; the marble canyons of Taroko National Park; the volcanic formations of Shitiping Beach; Sun Moon Lake; and several locations along the ChiChi earthquake, including the Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park, the Collapsed Wuchang Temple, and the 921 Earthquake Museum.
Cultural highlights included touring the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, Jioufen Old Street, releasing Chinese Lanterns, and the Jiaoxi hot spring fish pools.
YSU offers many opportunities for students to study abroad, from short-term department-led trips to full semesters abroad, through the Center for International Studies and Programs.