UA Science Café at Tumamoc Hill – 'The Pinacate Volcanoes'

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 6:00pm

Presenter: Dan Lynch, geologist

Talk: "The Pinacate Volcanoes"

The Pinacate Volcanic Field comprises nearly 500 cinder cone volcanoes scattered across a distinctive gray landscape of their own creation. Eruptive activity ceased just over 10,000 years ago and Pinacate Peak is an oceanic-island volcano on continental crust with a unique cinder cone that melted inside. The field is most famous for its giant steam explosion craters. Come to learn about the inner secrets of the desert's volcano.

Science Café at Tumamoc Hill series: "Campos de Fuego – Explorations of the Pinacate Volcanic Range"

Since the Hornaday expedition set off from the Desert Botanical Laboratory in Tucson in 1907 – captured in the book "Campfires on Desert and Lava" – there has been a unique connection between Tumamoc Hill and the Pinacate, the enigmatic volcanic range in northwest Mexico. Recognized by many as the desert's heart, the Pinacate has captivated and inspired those who have traversed its rugged slopes, peaks and dunes.

Please join four of those individuals as they connect you, throughout this series of talks, to this special region of our desert and in celebration of the first bilingual publication of the 1928 novel "Campos de Fuego: A Brief and Fantastic History of an Expedition into the Volcanic Regions of the Pinacate" by Gumersindo Esquer. The book is Contribution No. 2 of The Proceedings of the Desert Laboratory, an online open-access journal focused on desert discoveries and produced at the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill.

Seating is limited. Please reserve a space with Cynthia Anson using the contact information below. The talks are held in the library of the Desert Laboratory, the buildings roughly halfway up Tumamoc Hill. A shuttle service will be provided to attendees who register in advance.

About Science Cafés: Science Cafés, presented by the UA College of Science, bring the community together with UA scientists and graduate students in a casual setting. You'll learn about the latest research being conducted, get to know the faces behind the science, and have opportunities to ask questions and deepen your understanding. We have four separate café series at five different locations around Tucson, each with their own themes for fascinating science discussions.

The Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, 1675 W. Anklam Road
Tucson, AZ
United States
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College of Science
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Requests for disability-related accommodations should be directed to the event's primary contact, Cynthia Anson.