Science on Tap: Dirt at O'Niell's Pub, Albuquerque (Nob Hill)
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Science on Tap: Dirt

Thursday Aug 4, 2016

4310 Central Ave SE (Nob Hill)
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Phone: 505-255-6782
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Phone: (505) 255-6782
Website: Click to Visit

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Discussion on what people can learn from sediment.

Science on Tap: Eat, Drink, and Talk Science

This month's presentation: What can we learn from dirt? Sediment as a rain gauge, thermometer, and history book, presented by Clayton Meredith, UNM PhD student.

Talk is free of charge. Beverages and food are available for purchase. Sponsored by Explora, UNM, and the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. At O'Niell's Pub on Central, 4310 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108,                            (505) 255-6782,

Dirt is all around us but few of us stop to examine the story told by the soils and sediments we encounter on a daily basis.  Through examination of soil profiles in southern Belize, recent research has determined the timing and intensity of deforestation through the last 10,000 years, the impact of ancient Maya cities on erosion, and the processes by which forests recovered following the decline of these cities.  By utilizing stable isotope analysis, radiocarbon dating, and a variety of other techniques, the history of a landscape can be elucidated from the soils on which we live and farm.

Bio: Clayton Meredith is a PhD student at the University of New Mexico and a research assistant at the UNM Center for Stable Isotopes.  His primary research interest is the application of analytical chemistry techniques to examine environmental management strategies employed by ancient peoples.