Lapworth Lecture - Volcanoes: from fuming vents to extinction events

Lecture Theatre WG5, Ground Floor, Aston Webb Building (R4)
Monday 18 November 2019 (17:00-18:00)

Jon Clatworthy, Director of the Lapworth Museum of Geology


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Volcanoes: from fuming vents to extinction events

Part of the Lapworth Lecture series

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 explored some of the different types of volcanic activity that we see on Earth today and have seen over our planet’s geological history. She revealed 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.

Speaker: Prof Tamsin Mather, University of Oxford

Please note: All are welcome to attend and there is no admission charge.

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