Friday, 28 February, 2014
The UT Science Forum presented by Quest offers a weekly lecture on current science, medical, or technology developments. On February 28, 2014, Don Goldstein, Paleontology Researcher, will speak on "How Can Florida's Geological Past Help Us Prepare for the Future?" from 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Florida has been partially covered by the sea repeatedly during the past 2 million years. This has been the source of enormous volumes of fossil material for the study of these periods. The patterns of deposition and the distribution of the animals reveal a picture of a tropical to subtropical environment similar to South Florida today, complete with periodic tropical storms.
The pattern of flooding of the peninsula revealed by the geographic distribution of the Pleistocene deposits, gives us a picture of where future flooding may occur for sea level changes of various heights above the current level. Maps of the past marine coverage of the peninsula (prepared by Dr. E.J. Petuch) are compared with predictive maps of flooding, given various proposed sea level changes. Various means of adapting to the possible changes will be discussed.
The Science Forum is free and open to the public.
Location: Thompson-Boling Arena Dining room C-D. Bring your lunch or purchase it from the Arena.
More information on future lectures at: http://scienceforum.utk.edu/