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The Changing Landscape of Plate Tectonics

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Event Details: https://hmnh.harvard.edu/event/changing-landscape-plate-tectonics

W. Jason Morgan, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University; Visiting Scholar, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

Plate tectonic theory, a milestone in twentieth-century science, has been instrumental in advancing our understanding of Earth’s geological history, the formation of its surface features, and its earthquake movement. Geophysicist W. Jason Morgan—who introduced plate tectonics at a 1967 meeting of the American Geophysical Union—will discuss how the theory came about, highlighting both the role of ocean exploration in the 1950s and 1960s and early observations of seafloor spreading and ocean magnetic anomalies. He will also touch on the advances made in understanding Earth’s movements since the development of space geodesy instruments and technologies.

Lecture. Free and open to the public.
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street.
Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments in collaboration with the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page. Check back the day of the program for a direct video link.

A recording of this program will be available on our YouTube channel approximately three weeks after the lecture.


February 22
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States