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Center for the Study of Origins symposium: Volcanoes, failures of the gods, and collapses of empires

Friday, February 09, 2018 at 12:00AM - Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 12:00PM


Benson Earth Sciences auditorium (room 180)

One of the two most severe and long cold periods of the past few thousand years began abruptly in 536 CE.  The cold lasted for many years, and suppressed evaporation of water from oceans, therefore reducing precipitation resulting in droughts in many areas of the world.  The cause evidently was immense volcanic eruptions. In this symposium, we will explore the controversy over which volcanoes were the instigators as well as the historical and religious consequences of the climate changes due to the eruptions. Cambridge vulcanologist will kick off the symposium with a talk on "The long-range consequences of volcanic eruptions" on Friday evening, followed by a day of speakers from many disciplines. See the symposium web site for the program and to rsvp.


Free and open to the interested public.