Date(s) - Friday, October 9, 2015
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Williamson County Public Library
Antarctica is the coldest continent on Earth, and it is also the driest, highest, windiest, brightest, loneliest, and least explored. Since its speculated existence as Terra Australis (“Southern Land”), Antarctica has captivated the world’s leading explorers. As the last continent discovered, it motivated a golden age of exploration and the race to the South Pole, and continues to inspire modern scientific inquiry and governance. Antarctica contains 90% of the world’s surface freshwater resources, it is the site of the first arms control treaty signed during the cold war, and is the world’s largest wildlife refuge. This lecture will briefly cover the history of Antarctic exploration, from its discovery to present day investigations, and the role that Antarctica plays in global Earth systems.
Dr. Morgan studies the landscapes that glaciers and ice sheets create to learn about the timing of past ice ages and how Earth’s climate has changed through time. His research program involves field work in mountainous areas such as the Sierra Nevada, Andes, Himalayas, Southern Alps, and Transantarctic Mountains. For ten years, Dr. Morgan has studied the long-term glacial history of Antarctica, including four field seasons on the continent.
Join us in the first floor meeting room for this special presentation!