The Origin of Mountains in North America Subject of Olan Kruse Lecture

Nierman Hall, Room 251 - 04/21/16 - 04/21/16

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            Dr. Roy D. Hyndman, an Emeritus Research Scientist at the Pacific Geoscience Centre at the Geological Survey of Canada, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria, will be the guest lecturer during the 12th Olan Kruse Lecture at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. 

            His lecture—The Origin of the North American Cordillera and Other Mountain Belts—will explore recent discoveries that dispel the longstanding theory that most mountain belts were formed through continental collision. Neither the North nor South America Cordillera mountain belts have had any recent collision; high temperatures seem to be the more relevant cause of these mountains. 

            The 12th Olan Kruse Lecture is Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in room 251 of Nierman Hall, on the Texas A&M-Kingsville campus. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture. 

            Hyndman came to the Pacific Geoscience Centre at its inception, after 10 years on the faculty of Dalhousie University. He is a former Director of the Centre. He has published over 250 scientific journal and volume articles on a wide range of marine and land geoscience research. He has been involved in numerous international collaborative programs, and has participated and organized research cruises in the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Arctic oceans, including four legs of ODP/DSDP, one as co-chief scientist. 

            He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, an Honorary member of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and a recipient of the J. Tuzo Wilson medal for contributions to geophysics in Canada. He is former President of the Canadian Geophysical Union.

About Olan Kruse

Dr. Olan Kruse earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Texas A&I University in 1942 and earned a doctorate from the University of Texas in 1951, after returning from service during World War II. He served as chair of the physics department at Texas A&I until 1987. 

The Olan Kruse Lecture Series Endowment Fund was established in 2003 for the purpose of bringing distinguished physicists to Texas A&M-Kingsville to make presentations to the students and faculty on current events in physics and astronomy. It is supported by private contributions. 

For more information on the Lecture and the Endowment Fund, call 361-593-2618.