Spinning Plates: a tale of old oceans and colliding continents

First known illustration of how the Atlantic Ocean opened from a larger, single continental assemblage, by Antonio Snider-Pellegrini, 1858

  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

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The Faculty of Science and Engineering is delighted to invite you to this inaugural professorial lecture, presented by Professor Mark Anderson from the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

In 2017, the Earth Science community celebrated the 50th anniversary of the advent of the paradigm of plate tectonics. In his inaugural lecture Mark will reflect on 35 years as a geologist, growing-up in academia as this paradigm became central not only to the science of geology but also to the curriculum for general primary and secondary education in many countries, including the UK. The lecture will be illustrated with examples of his own research from around the world, in which he examines deformation processes at plate boundaries. It is here where new plates are created and older plates are either reworked during plate collisions or else recycled into the deep mantle of the Earth. 

Mark will consider fundamental processes of rock deformation in the Earth, from micro- to macroscopic, along with their commercial applications. Considering himself as an honorary Devonian, despite having conducted most of his research in areas outside the South West, he will pay special attention to the Devonian Period of Earth history, the globally-defined period of geological time, approximately 420-360 million years ago, to which the county lends its name.

This lecture is open to all and light refreshments will be available afterwards.

Lecture starts: 17:00.

Please contact Paula Simson (email: paula.simson@plymouth.ac.uk / tel: 01752 584503) to book your place.

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