Thursday, February 22, 6:00 pm – The Changing Landscape of Plate Tectonics


W. Jason Morgan, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University; Visiting Scholar, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, will speak on Thursday, February 22 at 6 pm at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford Street, on The Changing Landscape of Plate Tectonics. Image below is of Professor Morgan receiving the National Medal of Science from then President George W. Bush.

Plate tectonic theory, a milestone in twentieth-century science, has been instrumental in advancing our understanding of Earth’s geological history, the formation of its surface features, and its earthquake movement. Geophysicist W. Jason Morgan—who introduced plate tectonics at a 1967 meeting of the American Geophysical Union—will discuss how the theory came about, highlighting both the role of ocean exploration in the 1950s and 1960s and early observations of seafloor spreading and ocean magnetic anomalies. He will also touch on the advances made in understanding Earth’s movements since the development of space geodesy instruments and technologies.

Free and open to the public. Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage. Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University. This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page. Check https://hmnh.harvard.edu/event/changing-landscape-plate-tectonics the day of the program for a direct video link. A recording of this program will be available on our YouTube channel approximately three weeks after the lecture.

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