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10-29-2009

Geologic History of Northern New York at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe Wednesday

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The complex geologic history of northern New York will be discussed by SUNY Potsdam Geology Professor Robert Badger at the next Science Cafe at Jack & Wezzie’s Coffee House in Potsdam this Wednesday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Badger’s interactive presentation is titled "1.3 billion Years of Peace and Turmoil: The Geologic History of Northern New York."badger

In describing it, Badger says, "The rocks beneath our feet reveal their history, one that stretches back about 1.3 billion years. The oldest tell a story of warm, quiet marine environments, like in the Gulf of Mexico today. Others tell of volcanic island arcs, not unlike Japan and the Aleutian Islands. Still others tell of a great continental collision, producing a mountain range of the same magnitude as present-day Himalayas, which was then completely eroded and washed to sea over the span of 400 million years. And that’s just the beginning."

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat, or to place your food or drink order.

Find out more about Clarkson’s Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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