LDEO Public Lecture
Series 04


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Earthquake Prediction in the Shadow of Chaos

Did you know New York State is ranked number four in terms of earthquake risk for U.S. states? Learn why this is so, and more generally about how earthquakes work. Learn also about new understandings of chaos theory in earthquakes, and how this suggests limits to some aspects of earthquake prediction.

Revealing the Deep:
Science and Engineering in Deep Ocean Exploration

Dr. Fornari, a Lamont-Doherty alumnus and Chief Scientist for Deep Submergence at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will describe a broad spectrum of innovative engineering/science developments that are reshaping how we conduct research at the seafloor, and which have far-reaching implications for future seafloor observa-tories and the science they will be involved in.

This talk is sponsored by the Lamont-Doherty
Alumni Association

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African Climate Changes and Human Evolution

Environmental theories of African evolution suggest that important evolutionary changes in African mammalian lineages over the last five million years were mediated by changes in African climate. The deep-sea sediment record contains a rich history of these climate changes which, when linked to the fossil record of African faunal evolution (including the emergence of our own genus Homo), allows us to test African climate-evolution ideas.

The Air We Breathe:
Air Pollution and New York Subways

Learn how Lamont geochemists and Columbia University public health investigators used back-pack air monitors to track down the source of potentially hazardous air pollutants to the New York City subway system, and how they are currently investigating the possible health impacts from elements in steel dust in the subways.




All Lectures at 3:00 P.M.
Light Reception to Follow
Admission is Free
Columbia University, Lamont Campus
Monell Building Auditorium