Nan Evans of KPTZ and geologist Marcia Bjornerud (Lawerence University, Wisconsin) discuss how thinking about time like a geologist can help save the world. This interview is in advance of Marcia’s hour-long lecture for the Quimper Geological Society on Sat. Dec. 10 at 4 pm (use the QGS link to hear the free public lecture).
The interview is for Nature Now, a weekly radio broadcast on KPTZ 91.9 MHz. :
Wed. Dec. 7th Show: Timefulness—How thinking like a geologist can help save the World. The show will be broadcast three times, it will be a nice preview to the lecture (Dec. 10).
Dec. 7 (Wed.) at 12:30 PM, Dec. 8 (Thur.) at 5:30 PM, Dec. 10 (Sat.) at 12:30 PM
The recorded broadcast will be available later on KPTZ’s Nature Now page.
Dec. 10, 2022—Saturday 4 pm: How thinking like a geologist can help save the world
Developing and calibrating the geologic timescale — reconstructing Earth’s past from the raw rock record — is one of humanity’s greatest, but least appreciated, intellectual achievements. But as a society, we are time illiterate, lacking a sense for the durations of the chapters in Earth’s history, the rates of change during previous intervals of climate instability, and the intrinsic timescales of ‘natural capital’ like groundwater systems. This matters because environmental wrongs, social conflicts and existential malaise are all rooted in a distorted sense of humanity’s place in the history of the natural world. Thinking like a geologist can simultaneously ground us and elevate us. Paradoxically, this Earth-bound, very physical science can yield transcendent insights.
Timefulness was longlisted for the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing and was a finalist for the 2018 the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, and the LA Times Book Prize in Science & Technology.
Marcia Bjornerud, Professor of Geosciences at Lawrence University in Wisconsin, is a structural geologist whose research focuses on the physics of earthquakes and mountain building. She combines field-based studies of bedrock geology with quantitative models of rock mechanics. She has done research in high arctic Norway (Svalbard) and Canada (Ellesmere Island), as well as mainland Norway, Italy, New Zealand, and the Lake Superior region. Bjornerud is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Oslo, Norway and University of Otago, New Zealand. A contributing writer to The New Yorker, Wired, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, she is also the author of several other books for popular audiences — Reading the Rocks: The Autobiography of the Earth and Geopedia: A Brief Compendium of Geologic Curiosities.
Room open: 3:45 pm
Event begins: 4:00 pm
Meeting ID: 849 6585 9482
Nan Evans of KPTZ and local geologists, Jeff Tepper and Michael Machette, explore two significant rocky outcrops in Eastern Jefferson County – Tamanowas Rock and Peregrine Rocks, both just northwest of Chimacum. To download the field trip guide that this interview was based on, click here.
The interview is for Nature Now, a weekly radio broadcast on KPTZ 91.9 MHz. Because Nan got so many interesting tidbits, the interview will be broadcast in two parts and each will be recorded as MP3s and be available if you can’t hear the broadcasts:
Show #587: Hard Rock Geology in Eastern Jefferson Country, Park 1
Broadcasts Oct. 5 at 12:30 PM, Oct. 7 at 5:30 PM, Oct. 8 at 12:30 PM
Listen in to learn how Tamanowas Rock was formed, what it can tell us about the ancient landscape of our region, why Tamanowas Rock is important to indigenous peoples, and what is being done to protect it. The recorded broadcast is available on KPTZ’s Nature Now page.
Show #591: Hard Rock Geology in Eastern Jefferson Country, Park 2
Broadcasts Nov. 2 at 12:30 PM, Nov. 3 at 5:30 PM, Nov., 5 at 12:30 PM
Exploring Peregrine Rock, a glacial erratic, gives listeners a chance to consider the impacts of glaciation on Eastern Jefferson County and to ask just where did the rock come from and how did it get here?