Exploration: The Globe and Beyond

Thursday, May 14, 2015
5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Fire and Ice: Exploring Volcanoes on Earth and the Solar System
Rosaly M. C. Lopes, Senior Research Scientist, Manager for Planetary Science, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory,

The planets and moons of the Solar System are incredibly diverse worlds with histories both ancient and dramatic. Etched into their surfaces is a fascinating story -- of fire and ice, of order and upheaval, of great cataclysms and slow change. Volcanoes are common throughout the Solar System and volcanic eruptions are among nature's most awesome spectacles. On Earth, we see that eruptions can range from gentle, beautiful outpourings of lava to catastrophic explosive events that can kill thousands. As we explore volcanoes on Earth and other worlds, we find a wide variety of landscapes -- even ice volcanoes! We will tour different volcanoes on Earth and in the Solar System, emphasizing how they have affected our scientific thinking, art, and culture.

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