Seismologist Ben Holtzman speeds up recordings of recent major earthquakes to let visitors experience how sound waves travel through the planet. This year he will also play recordings of man-made earthquakes in Oklahoma triggered by the injection of waste fracking fluid underground. Visitors can also make a map of the five biggest “birthquakes” to hit on the day they were born.
The Magmatism and Vulcanism
group uses whiffle balls, ping pong balls and other household objects to demonstrate how the hurling power of volcanoes varies with temperature and pressure.
Open House also features new exhibits:
, curator of Lamont’s Core Repository, will lead tours of the world’s largest collection of ocean sediment cores. Under the microscope, visitors can study the tiny fossil plants and animals buried in the cores that researchers use to study past climates and other earth processes. See and touch rocks, corals and other deep sea fossils and artifacts.
Marine biologists Craig Aumack
and Nigel D’Souza
provide a glimpse of life under Arctic sea ice. Visitors will have a chance to remotely retrieve an object using an underwater vehicle named “Brinson” while a camera provides live underwater views.
Geochemist Steven Chillrud
will show how to measure the street-level pollution inhaled by cyclists. Watch personal air monitors and sensor-studded shirts that measure cyclists’ vital signs in action.
Geophysicist Heather Savage
will invite visitors to bend solid granite with their bare hands in the Rock Mechanics Lab. Super sensitive instruments will reveal deformation that is invisible to the eye.
Talks will be held throughout the day in three buildings.
Lectures in Monell Auditorium open with Earth Institute director Jeffrey Sachs
Atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel
, “Superstorm Sandy and Climate Change.”
Microbiologist Andrew Juhl
, “Sewage Contamination and Water Quality in the Hudson River.”
Seismologist James Gaherty
, “Deep-earth Imaging of Continental Breakup Along the Atlantic Seaboard.”
Open House is on Saturday, October 11. More information. Photos and updates throughout Lamont’s 2014 Open House will be posted on Twitter at #LamontOH.