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Exotic Life Forms, Wild Undersea Geology Focus of the Wyoming State Museum Lecture

Posted: Monday, November 06, 2017
Contact: Nathan Doerr

The exotic life forms and wild geology of the sea floor will be the focus of the November lecture at the Wyoming State Museum on Thursday, November 9, at 7 p.m.

“The seafloor - exotic life forms & wild geology: the last frontier for exploration on planet Earth” will be presented by professors Mike Cheadle and Barbara John, both from the University of Wyoming.

The oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface, contain 97% of the planet’s water, produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere, and absorb the most carbon from it. Yet we know more about the far side of the moon than we do about the surface of the sea floor.

Cheadle and John, geologists at the University of Wyoming, will recount their experiences exploring this last frontier of planet Earth. They will show and explain examples of the extreme topography, discuss the existence of the largest normal faults in the world, and report on their most recent expedition in January of this year.

Working at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean they discovered a new field of hydrothermal vents and the strange, almost alien, life forms associated with them.

The Wyoming State Museum’s Thursday Night Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month, September - May, at 7:00 p.m. The Lecture Series is free and open to the public. The Wyoming State Museum is located in the Barrett Building, 2301 Central Avenue in Cheyenne.

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For more information, contact Nathan Doerr, Curator of Education, at 777-7021.