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April 5, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Wayne State University Planetarium #0209
Cost: no charge
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

Snowball Earth in Your Backyard
Early Proterozoic Evolution of the Earth System
presented by:

John Zawiskie, Geologist, Cranbrook Institute of Science & Department of Geology, Wayne State University

An RSVP is required for this free lecture. 

Join geologist John Zawiskie and explore the current state of the evidence for major changes in the climate system, atmosphere and biosphere of the Earth that occurred during a crucial 300 million year period of the Early Proterozoic Eon (2.5 – 1.5 billion years ago); including the beginning of near global glaciations “Snowball Earth,” the spread of free oxygen in the ocean and atmosphere and the proliferation and evolution of microbial life.

This history is recorded in the strata of the Huronian and Marquette Range Supergroups in Ontario and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, respectively. John will provide an overview of the geologic setting and evidence through field photographs and video clips of the bedrock exposures and link them to the local surface rocks of southeast Michigan, that were derived from the northern bedrock and transported south during the recent glaciation. Some key rock and fossil specimens will be available at the program for visitors to examine.

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For more information about this event, please contact Pat or Dawn at 313-577-2107 or outreach@physics.wayne.edu.