Saint Joseph’s College is proud to host Dr. Owen Brian Toon as he presents his lecture, “Dead Dinosaurs and Nuclear Wars,” on April 18. A captivating look at the history and future of Earth, Dr. Toon will lead a unique discussion that unravels the similarities between the mass extinction that occurred 66 million years ago and the effects of a modern nuclear war.
So how does a prehistoric event relate to our future? Dr. Toon proposes that many of the same phenomena that occurred after a mountain-sized asteroid, traveling more than 10 times the muzzle velocity of a rifle, slammed into the area that is now the Yucatan Peninsula may occur again if there is a nuclear war. The ancient catastrophe that reached around the world provides many insights and lessons for preventing yet another catastrophic event.
Dr. Toon is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the founding chair and a research associate for the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at UC-Boulder.
The lecture takes place on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Harold Alfond Hall Auditorium on Saint Joseph’s Standish campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
April 1, 2013
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