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Queens College Professor Alan Ludman will speak on “Field Boots and Batteries: Geologic Mapping with GIS” noon today in room 108 of Van Wickle Hall.

Free and open to the public, the talk is part of the weekly Geology Department Seminar Series, held at noon most Fridays this spring. Lunch is available at no charge to students and for $3 to faculty and staff.

Last year, Ludman was one of three instructors for a course on using Geographic Information Systems-ready geological maps at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Northeastern Section, hosted by Morrill Science Center, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is editor of Geology of the Coastal Lithotectonic Block and Neighboring Terranes, Eastern Maine and Southern New Brunswick, taken from the 83rd annual New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference. Along with Dave West, he edited Geological Society of America Special Paper 331, “The Norumbega Fault System of the Northern Appalachians.”

Next Friday, Art Palmer, director of the Water Resources Program at SUNY-Oneonta, will speak on “America’s Largest Caves: Origin and Exploration.”

Last week, Charles Ver Straten of the Center for Stratigraphy and Paleontology at New York State Museum kicked off this year’s Geology Department Seminar Series with a lecture on “Mud, Sand, and Mountains: Looking at Sedimentary Rocks, Seeing Tectonics.”

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