James W. Collinson, Professor Emeritus, School of Earth Sciences and Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University, will present the next in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability Spring 2014 Antarctic Lecture Series April 15.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, takes place 7-8 p.m. at the
Fort Collins Main Public Library, 201 Peterson St. The topic is "Exploration of the Transantarctic Mountains.”
The Transantarctic Mountains, one of the longest and highest mountain ranges in the world, separates Antarctica into two distinctly different parts. Its geology gives important clues as to what underlies a thick covering of ice over 98 percent of the continent.
Although positioned at the pole for the past 400 million years, rocks and fossils suggest a mild climate most of the time with an ancient glaciation about 300 million years ago and the present glaciation beginning 34 million years ago.
Collinson, now a resident of Fort Collins, has studied Antarctic geology throughout his 40-plus-year career, with particular emphasis on the mountains of the continent.
For questions regarding the Antarctic Lecture series or this upcoming lecture, please contact Matt Knox at Matt.Knox@ColoState.edu.
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