Elizabeth Miller, Stanford University

The Arctic Plate Tectonic Puzzle: A Russian Perspective

  • DINNER MEETING - Tuesday, June 5, 2007
  • Location: Stanford University

  • 5:30 PM-Social (3/4) Hour: . . . Mitchell Bldg., first floor (Hartley)
  • 6:15 PM-Dinner: . . . Mitchell Bldg., first floor (Hartley)
  • 7:30 PM-Meeting: . . . GeoCorner Room 320-105

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    Anyone wishing to attend the lecture only is welcome at no cost.

    This will be the 390th meeting since 1954


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    The Arctic Ocean with its cover of ice conceals some of the few unresolved plate tectonic puzzles on Earth, with important implications for the geologic history of the vast adjoining continental shelves. Until we are able to scientifically drill the most controversial parts of its seafloor, questions about its plate tectonic history will remain outstanding. Arctic Russia, because of its remoteness and vast area, represents the largest information gap in our knowledge of circum-Arctic geology. Stratigraphic and structural studies across this region have clear potential to provide new information and insight that could unlock the mysteries of the Arctic plate tectonic puzzle.

    Five seasons of field work in Arctic Russia, including Wrangel Island, with various modes of transportation, provide new stratigraphic, structural and geochronologic data that help address the plate tectonic evolution of the Arctic.

    About the Speaker

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    Elizabeth Miller

    Elizabeth Miller is a Professor at Stanford University. She teaches structural geology and tectonics as well as evolution and deformation of continental crust and its sedimentary cover, plate tectonics and continental deformation, geochronology and thermochronology. Her current interests are in the Cordillera, northern circum-Pacific, Russia and Arctic regions. Visit her faculty Web page

    Research website

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    Reservations: The preferred way to make reservations is simply to email Janice Sellers at by June 1, tell her you will attend, commit to pay, and bring your payment to the meeting. Janice always emails a confirmation; if you don’t get one, assume email crashed yet again and email her a second time. A check made to "PGS" is preferred, payable at the meeting.

    If you want to pay in advance:

    Stanford faculty and students: Please make dinner reservations by June 1. Contact Dr. Elizabeth Miller via her mailbox (and leave check), Geological and Environmental Sciences Office, Geocorner - Bldg. 320 (Rm. 205). Make checks out to "PGS."

    All others, including faculty and students from other Bay Area universities and colleges and USGS: Please make dinner reservations by April 6. Contact Janice Sellers, at 1066 28th Street, Oakland, CA 94608-4547, (510) 268-8254. Send check made out to "PGS" to Janice.

    Dinner is $30.00. Includes wine (5:30 to 6:15 PM.) and dinner (6:15-7:30 PM.).

    For students from all universities and colleges, the dinner, including the social 3/4-hour, is $5.00 and is partially subsidized thanks to the School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University (Note, no-show reservations owe the full price).

    Doris, whose wonderful crew prepares our meals, asked that we let you know that people who are late RSVP’ing and people who show up without a reservation will be welcome but that they will be eating on paper plates with plastic utensils (food supply permitting).

    Dues for Academic Year 2006-2007 ($10.00) should be sent to Janice Sellers, 1066 28th Street, Oakland, CA 94608-4547. Janice’s phone: (510) 268-8254.

    Officers: Ray Wells, President; Dwight Harbaugh and Elizabeth Miller, Co-Vice Presidents; Mike Diggles, Secretary; Janice Sellers, Treasurer; Bob Coleman, Field-Trip Czar

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