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October 25, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Wayne State University Planetarium 0209 Old Main | Map
4841 Cass
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff


Join us for our Science Under the Dome lectures September through May at the WSU Planetarium.

Join us Thursday October 25, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. for What seismic waves tell us about the deep Earth (and how much we should trust them)

Presented by Dr. Scott Burdick
Wayne State University Department of Geology

The planetarium has seating for 60 people. Please RSVP to reserve your seat.

Waves of energy created by large earthquakes travel deep into the core and mantle and can be observed at seismometers all around the Earth. By carefully analyzing these waves, seismologists can better understand the structure and history of the Earth’s interior. Using seismic tomography— similar to the CT scan in medicine— Prof. Burdick has created 3-D images of the mantle showing cold seafloor sinking beneath subduction zones and plumes of hot rock bubbling up from the core-mantle boundary. He will present a view from inside the Earth, focusing on the North American mantle and its relationship with natural hazards like earthquakes and volcanoes.

For more information about this event, please contact Megan McCullen at 313-577-6455 or