Fire and Fury in Iceland; Tracking Molten Rock from Deep in the Earth to Eruption at the Surface

Series Name Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society
Speaker Professor Bob White FRS
Type Lectures & Talks
When 27 Jan 2020, 07:30PM - 09:00PM
Venue New Walk Museum
Open To Public
Ticket Price £5 / £3 Students
For Bookings Contact Leicester Lit & Phil Society

‘Fire and Fury in Iceland; Tracking Molten Rock from Deep in the Earth to Eruption at the Surface’ will describe the work he has carried out in the remotest areas on earth tracking molten rock with videos of the volcanic eruptions and the advancing lava flows taken from within touching distance of the molten rock.

In 1775 Benjamin Franklin correctly identified the cause of the terrible weather that summer in Europe as caused by an eruption in Iceland, which turned out to be the biggest known historic eruption. In 2014 Professor White considered he was fortunate to capture the largest eruption in Iceland since 1775, this time with modern instrumentation tracking the molten rock as it travelled sideways underground before erupting in central Iceland.

Bob White is Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1994. He leads a research group investigating the Earth’s dynamic crust particularly the way in which enormous volumes of volcanic rock are produced when continents and oceans rift apart, and the movement of molten rock under active volcanoes. His research group is currently investigating the internal structure of volcanoes in Iceland. Professor White is also founding Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion and his latest book addresses scientific and theological aspects of so-called ‘natural disasters’: Who is to Blame? Nature, Disasters and Acts of God .

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