Basalt, which accounts for most of the Earth’s volcanic rock, may be the “Rodney Dangerfield” of rock types. That is, the grayish black igneous rock, also found on the Moon, Mars and Venus, may not get the respect it deserves.
“Basalts are among the most common and overlooked rock types on Earth,” says Utah State University geoscientist Katie Potter. “Yet they may hold the key to helping us reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide.”
Potter, who recently completed Expedition 391 aboard the National Science Foundation-funded JOIDES Resolution research ship of the Walvis Ridge hotspot in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of Africa, is featured speaker at USU’s Science Unwrapped Friday, March 18. She presents “What Goes Up, Must Come Down: Cleaning up the Atmosphere with Geology” at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room ESLC 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center on campus.
Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
Potter’s March 18 talk, which will also be livestreamed via AggieCast from the Science Unwrapped website, signals a return to in-person, post-talk learning activities conducted by USU student and community volunteer groups.
“We’re very excited to announce our return to in-person learning activities,” says Greg Podgorski, associate dean for undergraduate studies and services in the College of Science and Science Unwrapped chair. “A key component of Science Unwrapped is the opportunity for people of all ages to interact with scientists and to have the chance to experience hands-on learning.”
Guests at the in-person event are encouraged to wear masks.
The continuing schedule for Science Unwrapped’s 2021-22 Science on the Horizon series is:
Friday, March 18: “What Goes Up, Must Come Down: Cleaning Up the Atmosphere with Geology,” Katie Potter, geoscientist
Friday, April 1: “Electric Avenues: Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification (ASPIRE)”, Regan Zane, electrical engineer
Science Unwrapped talks are recorded and posted online for continued viewing convenience.
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