Walter Mooney, USGS Earthquake Science Center

Birth of an Ocean: The Origin of the Red Sea

  • DINNER MEETING - Tuesday, November 8, 2016
  • Location: Stanford University

  • 5:30 PM-Social (3/4) Hour, Hartley (in Mitchell Earth Sciences)
  • 6:15 PM-Dinner, Hartley
  • 7:30 PM-Meeting, Hartley

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

    This will be the 461st meeting since 1954


    Cross section of spreading
    Cartoon credit: C. Ebinger and M. Belachew, Nature Geosci. (2010).

    The Afro-Arabian rift includes the Red Sea and East African rift that extends from the Afar Triangle (Ethiopia) to Mozambique in southern Africa. A major breakthrough in studies of the Red Sea portion of the rift system has resulted from the installation, starting in 2009, of 180 broadband seismic stations in Saudi Arabia. The analysis of these seismic data, combined with GPS measurements of plate motions, provide new insights into the evolution of the Red Sea rift.

    About the Speaker

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    Walter Mooney

    Walter Mooney is a research geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California.

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    Everyone (including Stanford folks now) Please make dinner reservations by Nov. 6. Contact Mike Diggles, at (650) 329-5404. Send check made out to “PGS” to Mike.

    Dinner and the social hour is $35.00; this includes $1 that we use to help pay for students who are only $8.00 (also 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 RSVPing and people who show up without a reservation will be welcome but that they may be eating on paper plates with plastic utensils (food supply permitting).

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