2018 Event Season

2018 Event Season
2018 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture - The Life and Times of Supervolcanoes

16 Aug - 5:30pm

60 mins

PG

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2018 Event Season

2018 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture - The Life and Times of Supervolcanoes

PG

2017 Rutherford Medal winner for research into understanding large, explosive supervolcanoes and the hazards they pose. Aotearoa New Zealand sits astride the Indo-Australian and Pacific tectonic plates and is subject to tremendous natural forces. Usually experienced as earthquakes, Kiwis also need to keep in mind that Lake Taup? was created by the world’s
most violent volcanic eruption within the last 50,000 years!
Colin Wilson has gathered many accolades for studying volcanoes, and in particular, supervolcanoes. He likens his work to that of a crime scene investigator, piecing together the dual puzzle of why such cataclysmic explosions occur and why they are joined by much smaller eruptions. His aim is to forecast volcanic phenomena with enough warning so that communities can respond. But although Colin is digging deep in the Earth’s crust to find the triggering mechanisms, volcanic systems are not letting their secrets go easily…

This nationwide tour is proudly presented in partnership with GNS Science, EQC and Victoria University of Wellington.

All Welcome. Free Admission.
Please register: royalsociety.org.nz/events