Can humans really move mountains?

The case of industrial agriculture in California
Thursday, 15 October 2015 - 7:00 pm
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Kyle Bournes
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The Faculty of Science is pleased to invite you to a special evening featuring Professor Pascal Audet of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

A quick bio of our lecturer: Pascal Audet is a geophysicist who specializes in the study of geological structures and uses geophysical tools to study the deformation of the Earth’s crust near tectonic faults. After earning a bachelor’s degree in physics at the Université de Montréal, Pascal Audet went on to obtain a master’s degree in Earth sciences from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) before earning a PhD in geophysics from the University of British Columbia. After postdoctoral studies as a Miller Research Fellow at the University of California Berkeley, he joined the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa in 2011. Professor Audet is also a Sloan Research Fellow and a recipient of an Early Researcher Award sponsored by the Government of Ontario.

Summary of the Presentation: California’s Central Valley remains the greengrocer of the United States even though America’s most populated state is running low on water. To counter these drought conditions, agricultural interests are drawing subterranean water that has been stored underground for several hundreds of thousands of years, causing the ground in the Valley to gradually subside. Recent studies of satellite data have revealed that pumping out this subterranean water is having another unexpected effect: mountains are rising, which in turn, transfers accumulated stress to nearby faults, suggesting that humans can move mountains and potentially provoke earthquakes!

The lecture will be given in French, a bilingual Q&A will follow.

Parking (for a fee) is available in Lot B (located behind Alex Trebek Alumni Hall).

Take advantage of this opportunity to network with local alumni and learn more from one of the Faculty of Science’s rising stars.