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Antarctic lecture Oct. 27

October 21, 2010

A geologist with the U.S. Antarctic Program will share his experiences traveling the continent by ship, dog sled, airplanes, snowmobiles, and helicopters. Hear about the geological and paleontological discoveries made along the way.

Geologist David Elliot traveled by dog sled in the Antarctic before dogs were banned to protect sea mammals from introduced diseases.

Wednesday, Oct. 27
7 p.m.
Fort Collins Main Library
201 Peterson Street

Join us for the lecture, "From dog sleds to helicopters: Reflections on a career in Antarctic geology," on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Ben Delatour Room, Fort Collins Main Library, 201 Peterson Street.

This is the second lecture as part of the Antarctic Fall 2010 series. The lecture will be presented by David Elliot, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, School of Earth Sciences, Ohio State University. 

Traversing Antarctic's icy terrain

Antarctica catches the imagination of many, but few have the opportunity to pursue a research career investigating the continent.

Elliot completed an over-winter tour with the British Antarctic Survey at a time when dog teams provided the means of traveling. In 1966 he joined the Institute of Polar Studies at The Ohio State University and eventually received a faculty appointment in the Geology Department.

Since his move to Ohio State, the U.S. Antarctic Program has provided Elliot the opportunity and support to conduct research in the Trans-Antarctic Mountains and the northern Antarctic Peninsula, and to move from ships and dogs to traveling by airplanes, snowmobiles and helicopters. The U.S. program has also facilitated work with the Italian Antarctic Program and the Argentine Antarctic Institute. 

Geological, paleontological discoveries

Geological and paleontological discoveries have been made on the way, and perhaps another discovery awaits to be made this coming season.

Sponsored by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and Department of Biology, Colorado State University.

Contact: Uffe N. Nielsen
Phone: (970) 491-1964