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East Rock, West Rock, and the Triassic-Jurassic Extinction. Presented by Sophie Westacott, Yale University.

East Rock, West Rock, and the Triassic-Jurassic Extinction. Presented by Sophie Westacott, Yale University.

Explore science at the Hamden Public Library as we partner with the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History to offer science programming via Zoom. Participants benefit from the latest findings regarding local geology, evolutionary biology, and climate change. The first Zoom program is East Rock, West Rock, and the Triassic-Jurassic Extinction, Wednesday, March 3, 6:30 to 7:30. The presenter is Sophie Westacott. Learn how some 200 million years ago, an extremely productive bout of volcanic eruptions spewed tons of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere, along with a lot of lava. The lava cooled to form East Rock, West Rock, and many other rocks, together known as the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province. The greenhouse gases caused tremendous global warming, an example from Earth history that we can learn from today.
Sophie Westacott will explore this tale of ancient climate change and mass extinction, told in part through familiar places around New Haven. Sophie is a PhD candidate at Yale University in the Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences. This program is presented by the Hamden Public Library in cooperation with the Yale Peabody Museum Speakers Bureau.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required

Please register here. After signing up, you will receive a meeting link by email. 

Date:
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Time:
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Audience:
  Adults  
Categories:
  Online