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Join us for an evening of talks discovering the wonders of preserving amber, temperate forests and earthquakes and what secrets they can uncover about our past, present and future environments.
Amber: resin the dead
Emily Roberts (Planet Earth Speaker)
Amber is a window into a Prehistoric world. It allows us to see a frozen snapshot of what creatures were unlucky enough to have gotten stuck and the falling leaves of that season. The preservation in amber is exceptional, often preserving organisms that wouldn't ordinarily be preserved. But amber can be so much more, where we don't have the fossil trees the amber chemistry can determine what trees were around. Join us to see what amber and other exudates can really do!
For the love of forests!
Join us in this talk to explore temperate forests as living organisms. From their very start on this earth to their status today, this talk will investigate how they came to be and why they are the way they are. We will also have a closer look at some of their enemies and processes happening when no one is looking. Finally, based on all these, we will try to predict the forests of our near future.
Bringing earthquakes into the lab!
Ricardo Tomás (Planet Earth Speaker)
Throughout history, earthquakes have terrified and fascinated humans. As a curious species, many questions arise with the occurrence of these events. What makes the earth shake so strongly? Why do they vary in frequency and impact? What happens to the rocks at depth before, during and after an earthquake? In this talk, I will focus on the experimental techniques applied to the study of fault geometry, its evolution and mechanical behaviour during earthquakes. Together we will take on a journey through sandboxes, tanks full of syrup and silly putty, and rock crushing machines. Let’s shake it!