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50 Years of Plate Tectonics with Dr Sue Bowler


When:
March 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
2018-03-14T18:30:00+00:00
2018-03-14T19:30:00+00:00
Where:
Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr Mike Ries

1967 and 1968 saw the publication of the first papers that explained the movement of rigid plates over the surface of the Earth. The plate tectonics revolution owed much to advances in data collection over the preceding decade and this data-led approach has transformed geophysics. Using the career and on-line archive of Dan McKenzie, the author of one of those first papers, I will examine how the ideas came together in the mid-1960s and how the concepts have evolved in the past half-century, shedding light on fundamental processes within the Earth, but also providing insights into the mitigation of natural hazards and the oil and gas industry.

 

Free tea, coffee and biscuits from 6:30pm