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Webinar: HMEI Faculty Seminar: “Volcanoes, Climate and Mass Extinction in Earth History”

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Tuesday, 01 March 2022, 12:30

Tuesday, March 1, 2022. 12:30 PM. Webinar: HMEI Faculty Seminar: “Volcanoes, Climate and Mass Extinction in Earth History”. Blair Schoene, Princeton University. Sponsored by High Meadows Environmental Institute. Register here.

Blair Schoene, professor of geosciences and associated faculty in HMEI, will present “Volcanoes, Climate and Mass Extinction in Earth History” for the second talk in our spring 2022 HMEI Faculty Seminar Series.

Schoene will discuss efforts to measure the eruption timescales of volcano clusters known as large igneous provinces to test whether massive outpourings of volcanic gasses could have contributed to the end-Cretaceous mass extinction 66 million years ago. This work has substantiated the idea that volcanism — combined with a meteorite impact — contributed to the event, but there remain large uncertainties that could reveal more about how Earth’s climate responded to catastrophic volcanism, a meteorite impact, and ecosystem collapse.

Register to attend this event via Zoom livestream (open to all) or in person (PUID holders only). In-person attendance is contingent on University guidelines and face coverings are required. Updates will be posted as necessary.