College presents ‘Dead Dinosaurs and Nuclear Wars’

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
Contact: David Svenson at 207-893-7723 ·