The Life and Times of Supervolcanoes: Professor Colin Wilson FRS FRSNZ

Where: Nelson Elim Christian Centre, 625 Main Road Stoke, Nelson, Nelson 7011
When: Thu 2 August, 2018, 7.30 – 9.00 pm.
2018 NZ Rutherford Lecture
Presented in partnership with GNS Science, EQC and Victoria University of Wellington

If you still wish to register for the Rutherford lecture here is the link: https://royalsociety.org.nz/events/the-life-and-times-of-supervolcanoes-nelson/.
Don’t worry if you are unsure if you can go. Elim has plenty of seating so you can just decide on the night.

There is no denying that as New Zealand sits astride the Indo-Australian and Pacific tectonic plates our land is subject to tremendous natural forces. We may commonly experience this as a gentle but sometimes a severe shuddering of earthquakes. Yet with Aotearoa dotted with cones and calderas, Kiwis should also keep in mind that the Taupō Eruption was actually the world’s most violent volcanic eruption in the last 5000 years!

Colin Wilson has gathered many accolades for studying volcanoes, and in particular, those giant examples known as supervolcanoes. He likens his work to that of a crime scene investigator, where he travels the world piecing together the dual puzzle of why such cataclysmic explosions occur and why they are joined by much smaller eruptions. He aims to forecast volcanic phenomena with enough warning so that communities can respond. But although Colin is digging deep in the Earth’s crust to find the triggering mechanisms, volcanic systems are not letting their secrets go easily.