How to Build a Mountain Range

By Karl Lang, March 21, 2012, 6PM, downstairs at Town Hall Seattle.

Have you ever watched the sun set behind the Olympic Mountains and asked yourself, “How did those mountains get in the way of my sunset?” Well… it’s complicated. Come take a look at the life of a mountain range and learn about the processes building them up and wearing them down. We’ll ask such questions as: How long do mountains last? Why are some ranges steep and jagged, while others are rolling and gentle? Are there limits to high tall a mountain can get? All while exploring current research in mountain geodynamics from geologists working across the globe.

About the Speaker

Karl Lang is a PhD student in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington. His research interprets the million-year record of mountain erosion in the Eastern Himalaya and Southern Alps of New Zealand. He is part of the Erosion and Tectonics research group in the department of Earth and Space Sciences, which applies novel geochemical tools to understand the complex relationship between surface erosion and the development of topography across the globe. He is also a participant in the Program on Climate Change and the Quaternary Research Center, both at the University. Before coming to Seattle, Karl studied Geology and Economics at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He has conducted field work across the US, in India and New Zealand on a wide variety of topics ranging from river morphology to the geology of viticulture.

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