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Bentley College Presents Three-Part Series on Climate Change

September 14, 2006

On Tuesday, September 19, the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at Bentley College will launch a three-part lecture series on Climate Change, one of the most polarizing issues of the day. At each event, scientists will take the audience through different time periods to explore natural and human-induced climate changes

The first of the three lectures will feature MIT Professor Sam Bowring who explores the geological evidence for "Snowball Earth" -- the hypothesis that the Earth underwent multiple episodes of extensive freezing, glaciation, and thawing between 750 and 580 million years ago. Geochronological Constraints on Neoproterozoic 'Snowball' Glaciations and the Rise of Metazoans will be presented from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Adamian Academic Center Wilder Pavilion at Bentley .


A professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at MIT, Bowring is a geologist who oversees a world-renowned geochronological laboratory, in which he measures uranium isotopes to date various events and processes, such as crystallization of the oldest rocks on Earth, 'snowball' glaciations, and rates of biologic evolution.


Thom Davis, professor of Natural Sciences at Bentley, points out that although climate scientists have long recognized global warming of the past century, only recently have economists, politicians, and social scientists responded to this knowledge. "Because of the implications for sea-level rise, plant and animal translocations, and possible increased storminess, the topic has become one of the most important issues facing modern society," says Davis.


The three-part lecture series, Climate Change on Different Time Scales, addresses both natural and human-induced climate change on a variety of time scales. In addition to the Snowball Earth hypothesis, the series will cover:


  • Causes of Ice Ages in Earth's History: Tuesday, October 10, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., Dandes Room, Wilder Pavilion. Presented by Maureen Raymo, Department of Earth Sciences, Boston University


    • Update on Global Warming: Tuesday, December 5, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., Koumantzelis Auditorium, Lindsay Hall. Presented by Raymond S. Bradley, Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts at Amherst


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