The Group's aim is to identify, survey, protect and promote geological and geomorphological sites in the former County of Avon - the modern unitary authorities of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. RIGS are selected for their educational, research, historical and aesthetic value.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Free public lecture - 8th January

Mapping of Volcanic Terrains across the Solar System

Dr Ellen Stofan

Olympus Mons, Mars. Standing at 22km high (three times the height of Earth's own Mt Everest), it is the tallest volcano in the Solar System. Photo credit: European Space Agency

Venue: @Bristol (Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB - view map)
Date: 8th January,  18.30 - 19.30

Location: Rosalind Franklin Room, At-Bristol

Admission: Free, lecture suitable over 12s - booking necessary (Book Online
Or phone 0845 4586499 [Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm excluding Bank Holidays])

Many planets and moons of our solar system show evidence of volcanic eruptions. 

The early missions to the Moon, Mars, Venus and Mercury were truly missions of discovery, with great debates in the scientific community on the roles of impacts and volcanic eruptions in shaping their surfaces.

Join Dr. Ellen Stofan to discuss how these alien volcanic features are mapped and interpreted with knowledge and techniques developed from studies of volcanoes on Earth. A perfect way to celebrate BBC Stargazing Live.

This is a free lecture and is supported by the University of Bristol.

Original article: http://www.at-bristol.org.uk/1647.html

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