57th Annual Bennett Lecture

Posted by lcb14 at Jan 27, 2016 09:35 AM |
Andy Saunders, Emeritus Professor, Department of Geology, University of Leicester will be giving this years lecture "The Sixth Element"

The Sixth Element

Andy Saunders

Emeritus Professor, Department of Geology, University of Leicester

Monday 7th March 2016, 6pm
Bennett Building Lecture Theatre 1

Carbon is fundamental to life on Earth. Not only is it an integral part of all known organisms, but it also exerts a powerful influence on the composition and thermal regulation of the atmosphere and oceans. The geological past is littered with examples where major and rapid changes of the carbon cycle are associated with mass extinctions and global oceanic anoxic events. This talk will look at the characteristics of these changes and explore a possible cause: venting of carbon from the deep Earth via catastrophic flood-basalt volcanism. It will also consider the question: does our current profligate use of hydrocarbons pose the same threat to the global environment that flood basalts did in the past?

This free lecture is open to students, staff, graduates and members of the public

Teas and coffees available from 5.30pm in the Bennett Foyer

Download the 57th Bennett Lecture Poster (825KB pdf)

Contact Gail Andrews t: 0116 252 3921 e: ga16@le.ac.uk

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