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Volcanoes: from fuming vents to extinction events

Prize lecture

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October
182018

18:30 - 19:30

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

Rosalind Franklin Lecture 2018 delivered by Professor Tamsin Mather.

Etna volcano, Italy. Photo credit: David Pyle

Volcanoes are spectacular natural phenomena. Earth has experienced volcanism since its beginnings and observing a volcanic eruption is a truly primeval experience. Volcanoes have shaped our planet and have been key in creating and maintaining its habitability. However, they can also be deadly natural hazards and are implicated in some of the greatest environment crises in Earth’s history, such as mass extinction events.

In this talk, volcanologist Professor Tamsin Mather explored some of the different types of volcanic activity that we see on Earth today and have seen over our planet’s geological history. She revealed how lessons learnt sitting on the edge of an active volcano today can give us insights into some of the most profound environmental changes in geological history including mass extinction events.

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The award

The Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture is awarded annually and is made to support the promotion of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture 2018 is awarded to Professor Tamsin Mather on the basis of her achievements in the field of volcanology, her ability to communicate with the public and her imaginative project proposal.

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Volcanoes: from fuming vents to extinction events

2018 Rosalind Franklin Lecture delivered by Professor Tamsin Mather on 18 October.

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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