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Past event - 2024
15 May Doors 7pm
Event 7.30-9.30pm
The Alpaca, 84-86 Essex Road, Islington,
London N1 8LU
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Tonight, we'll be hearing about the perseverance of dinosaurs and about volcanic eruptions!

Dinosaurs through 150 million years of volcanoes, asteroids and climate change

Dr Alfio Alessandro Chiarenza (Royal Society Newton International Fellow, UCL)
Over 150 million years, dinosaurs traversed Earth's dynamic history—enduring colossal volcanic eruptions and witnessing the birth of the Atlantic Ocean before a cataclysmic asteroid ended their reign. Throughout relentless climatic shifts, their resilience in the face of global crises offers profound lessons for our species. This talk, which spans climatic simulations, evolutionary analyses, and fieldwork in exotic, hot deserts, untangles the intricate interplay between climate change and evolution. Join us in discovering the secrets of Earth's prehistoric inhabitants and the dynamic forces that shaped their lives.

Flow or blow: What makes volcanoes violently explode

Dr Liz Gaunt (NERC Independent Research Fellow, UCL Earth Science Department)
Have you ever wondered what makes volcanoes violently explode, sending columns of volcanic ash and gas high into the atmosphere? Or why instead of exploding, some volcanoes effusively produce glowing rivers of molten lava? The driving force behind volcanic eruptions is the gases that are dissolved within magma and how easily they can escape as the magma rises to the Earth’s surface. Discover how we study the escape of gases from magma and the processes that drive transitions between explosive and effusive eruptions in an attempt to improve our ability to forecast future explosive eruptions.
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