LDEO Public Lecture
Series 05

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The Science Behind Aliens of the Deep


Dr. Maya Tolstoy, Doherty Research Scientist
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Maya Tolstoy, a marine seismologist and one of the scientist-stars of Aliens of the Deep, an IMAX-3D movie by James Cameron, will talk about hydrothermal vents (“Black Smokers”) and other seafloor features and processes seen in the movie, and about the role Hollywood plays in making undersea exploration accessible to the general public.




A Natural History of the Palisades


Professor Mark Anders and Neil Pederson,Graduate Research Assistant
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

What is the Palisades, geologically speaking? How did it get there, and why is it so high above the Hudson River? Professor Anders will describe the unusual origin of the Palisades, and more generally the geology of the Rockland County area. Neil Pederson will describe the types and history of trees in the Lower Hudson Valley, including the effects of climate change on tree growth.


Deep Time The History of Our Planet Reveale

Dr. P. Jeffrey Fox, Director of Science Services
Integrated Ocean Drilling Program

The layers of sediment and rock that floor the global ocean contain an exemplary record of our planet's history over the last 200 million years.

Jeff Fox will discuss how scientists recover samples and data from deep below the sea floor, and how investigations provide insights about how our planet works including character and causes of climate change and evidence of extraterrestrial impacts and mass extinctions.

This talk is sponsored by the Lamont-Doherty Alumni Association.

Blind-Sided: How Science Can Help the Developing World Avoid Another Tsunami Tragedy

Dr. Art Lerner-Lam, Director
Center for Hazards and Risk Research

The disastrous events in South Asia of December 26, 2004 killed more than 150,000 people and illustrate the profound relationships between our understanding of natural hazards and the impacts on people's lives and livelihoods. Art Lerner-Lam will discuss the science of tsunamis and great earthquakes, the physical and social impacts of the disaster, and strategies for mitigating the future effects of natural hazards.

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