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Geologic Journey Through Time

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Nov. 8: The Earth's Climate
The topic of climate change is particularly relevant today, when the vast majority of scientists concur that human activity is warming the planet with many unwanted consequences. Our human scale of time provides us with a limited historical view of this important subject. The earth, during its 4.5 billion-year history, has been both much warmer and much, much colder than it is today. This presentation explores what we know or infer about past climates and how they influenced the evolution of life as well as the accumulation of natural resources on
which our civilization depends.

Nov. 15: Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs
Of all the creatures that have walked the earth, none grips our imagination more than the dinosaur. These creatures represent the most successful animal ever on the planet--they dominated its landmasses for 135 million years. This talk describes the origin of dinosaurs and the global catastrophes that led to their dominance. We will examine the great variety of dinosaurs and their relation to the flying reptiles and great marine reptilians of the era. In addition, we'll examine the events that ended the reign of the dinosaurs and set the stage for the rise of man.


Tuition: $25.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Wednesdays, Nov. 8, 15 *10:00 – 11:00am* (2 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


H. Edward Clifton, PhD is a geologist with strong ties to the ocean. After receiving his doctorate, he joined the U.S. Geological Survey where he served for 30 years. The first-ever geologist aquanaut, Dr. Clifton shares the world record for continuous underwater habitation under saturated diving conditions.