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Talk What's on Volcanoes: from fuming vents to extinction events

What's on Volcanoes: from fuming vents to extinction events

Etna volcano, Italy. Photo credit: David Pyle

Synopsis

Rosalind Franklin Lecture 2018 delivered by Professor Tamsin Mather.

Volcanoes are spectacular natural phenomena. Earth has experienced volcanism since its beginnings and observing a volcanic eruption is a truly primeval experience. Volcanoes have shaped our planet and have been key in creating and maintaining its habitability. However, they can also be deadly natural hazards and are implicated in some of the greatest environment crises in Earth’s history, such as mass extinction events.

In this talk, volcanologist Professor Tamsin Mather will explore some of the different types of volcanic activity that we see on Earth today and have seen over our planet’s geological history. She will reveal how lessons learnt sitting on the edge of an active volcano today can give us insights into some of the most profound environmental changes in geological history including mass extinction events.

Event details

Thu 18 Oct 2018, 6:30pm

Live subtitling & live streaming by MyClearText

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Venue details

Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London
SW1Y 5AG

Website: Royal Society

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