Environmental Impacts of Supervolcanoes Examined at CSU, Chico

Date: 02-08-2012

Rachel Teasdale, Acting Executive Director
530-898-4121, rteasdale@csuchico.edu
James Pushnik, Institute for Sustainable Development
530-898-3331, jpushnik@csuchico.edu
Joe Wills, Director of Public Affairs

The environmental impact of supervolcano eruptions is the subject of a public lecture by Clive R. Neal as part of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership Distinguished Lecturer Series. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m., Feb. 20 in Colusa Hall Room 100A on the California State University, Chico campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

gateway logoNeal’s lecture, titled “Origins and Environmental Impacts of Supervolcanoes,” will examine how large volcanic plumes form in the earth and the environmental impacts of these massive eruptions. Supervolcanoes erupt large volumes of lava over three to five million years and can build enormous volcanoes on land and on the seafloor. These volcanoes can approach the size of Western Europe or Greenland, and their eruptions can have significant environmental implications. Neal’s work and his lecture focus on the Ontong Java Plateau, located in the Solomon Islands, northeast of Australia. He will speak about his research experiences and fieldwork in the area.

Neal is a professor of civil engineering and geological sciences at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He uses geology and geochemistry to investigate earth processes and the environment.

This lecture is part of the international Consortium for Ocean Leadership Distinguished Lecturer Series, which brings scientific explorations and discoveries of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program research to students, the geoscience community and the general public. Since 1991, more than 250 presentations have been made through the Distinguished Lecturer Series program to audiences at U.S. colleges, universities and organizations.

Neal's presentation is co-sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Development, the Rawlins Endowed Professorship for Environmental Literacy and Gateway Science Museum.

Gateway Science Museum is open Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. and is located at 625 Esplanade. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for museum members. For more information, please visit www.gatewayscience.org and http://www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture/.