Fascinating and fearsome, volcanoes are one of nature’s most powerful forces. And for all the volcanic activity the world has seen in our life time, it’s our very own supervolcano Taupō that’s wreaked the most havoc in the last 5000 years. Rutherford Medal winner, geologist Professor Colin Wilson, will be presenting a free public lecture on 'The Life and Times of Supervolcanoes' in Auckland on Tuesday August 14.
Colin Wilson has gathered many accolades for studying volcanoes, and in particular, those giant examples known as supervolcanoes. He likens his work to that of a crime scene investigator, where he travels the world piecing together the dual puzzle of why such cataclysmic explosions occur and why they are joined by much smaller eruptions. He aims to forecast volcanic phenomena with enough warning so that communities can respond. But although Colin is digging deep in the Earth’s crust to find the triggering mechanisms, volcanic systems are not letting their secrets go easily…
Professor Wilson’s lecture, on tour across the country, explains the nature of supervolcanoes, the ways in which such volcanoes operate and can be studied, and whether the next eruption is still likely to take us by surprise.
The event is free to attend you are encouraged to book to ensure a place. You can do so here.
Auckland Lecture: Tuesday 14 August 6pm, Diocesan School for Girls, Epsom
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These free talks are presented by Royal Society Te Apārangi in partnership with GNS Science, EQC and Victoria University of Wellington.