Saturday Physics for Everyone

Title Saturday Physics for Everyone: Building Mountains: How Forces in the Earth Raise Rock Miles into the Sky
Speaker Professor Stephen Marshak, Professor of Geology, Director, School of Earth, Society, & Environment
Date: 11/8/2014
Time: 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location:

141 Loomis Laboratory, 1110 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Sponsor:

Department of Physics University of Illinois

Contact: Toni Pitts
217 244 2948
sat_physics@physics.illinois.edu
Originating Calendar: Physics - Saturday Physics for Everyone
Abstract:

Popular Lecture: The highest mountains on Earth rise almost to the heights that jet planes fly.  It takes a lot of thrust to get a plane into the sky, and needless to say, a plane weighs much less than a mountain.  What forces can drive the immense mass of a mountain range up against the pull of gravity?  In this presentation, we'll explore the causes of mountain building, and several related phenomena - - including earthquakes, volcanism, continental drift, and sea-floor spreading.  We'll see that our planet is uniquely dynamic, for a reason.

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