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Charles Ver Straeten, Center for Stratigraphy and Paleontology, New York State Museum, will talk about “Mud, Sand, and Mountains: Looking at Sedimentary Rocks, Seeing Tectonics” at a noon brown bag today.

Ver Straeten is among 11 speakers visiting campus this semester for the Geology Brown Bag Series. The talks are held noon Fridays in Van Wickle Hall room 108. Lunch is provided to students at no cost; others can purchase lunch for $3.

The rest of the schedule:
Greg Herman, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Science, Research & Technology, New Jersey Geological Survey, will present a lecture entitled “Fractured-Bedrock Aquifers of the Newark Basin” April 19.

MaryAnn Malinconico, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, will speak on “Thermal History of the Newark Basin” April 26.

The following geology brown bag talks have taken place this semester:
Paul E. Olsen, professor of earth and environmental sciences, Columbia University, Mass Extinctions, Asteroid Impacts, and Giant Volcanic Eruptions — The Beginning and the End of the Age of Dinosaurs”;
Jay Parrish of the Pennsylvania Geological Survey, “Employment Opportunities with the Pennsylvania Geological Society”;
Alex Gates of the department of geological sciences, Rutgers University, Newark, “Evidence for the Assembly and Break-up of the Supercontinent Rodinia in the Reading Prong”;
Ken Kodama, department of earth and environmental sciences, Lehigh University, “Paleomagnetic Inclination Shallowing — Implications for Central Asia, Baja British Columbia, and Coastal California Terrains”;
Rich April, department of geology, Colgate University, “Acid Rain: Effects on Surface Water and Forest Ecosystems”;
John Wilson, laboratory coordinator in the Lafayette department of geology and environmental geosciences, “U/Pb Zircon Ages of Plutons from the Central Appalachians, with Comments on their Regional Tectonic Significance”;
Hilary Wyche ’98, Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP, “Bridging the Gap: A Geologist’s Introduction to the Law”;
Brad Turner ’97, science department, Upper School, Morristown-Beard School, Morristown, N.J., “From Consulting to Grad School to Teaching, Reflections From a Recent Graduate”

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