"A Brief History of Water", a talk by Mark Van Baalen, Ph.D.

Community Happenings
Camden Public Library
55 Main Street, Camden, ME
Camden Conference
Jan 14, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Environmentalist author Loren Eiseley wrote, “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” Mark Van Baalen, Ph.D., will give a talk on the remarkable physical properties of water, a substance essential for life as we know it on this planet and elsewhere. Mark will discuss where water on Earth has come from, where it goes, and how it is stored in reservoirs of various types.

Aimed at the interested layperson, this scientific talk takes place on Tuesday, January 14 at the Camden Public Library from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and is free and open to all.

About the speaker: Mark Van Baalen is a geologist at Harvard University. He received his A.B. in Astronomy in 1966, but later, he turned his attention to the Earth sciences, receiving his A.M. and Ph.D. in Geology. Since 1995 he has been Lecturer and Associate in the Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard. During that time he has taught popular courses in physical and environmental geology, and acted as mentor to many undergraduates.

Mark’s research has included field-based projects in New England, California and the Swiss Alps, all focusing on details of the origin of ancient ocean basins and their associated mountain belts. His approach has included careful study of mineral assemblages, particularly those containing Titanium, and the conditions under which those rock units were formed. Through a process of serendipity, he has become involved with the subject of asbestos and more broadly, of respiratory diseases linked to inhalation of mineral dusts. More recently he has studied the interactions between human activities and the inexorable process of climate change. In addition to these strictly scientific interests, Mark has a deep interest in history, including the exploration of remote regions of the world. He is also a commercial pilot and dedicated sailor.

This presentation is hosted by the Camden Public Library and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 27th Annual Camden Conference: The Global Politics of Food and Water, February 21-23, 2014.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world affairs through year-round community events, public and student engagement, and an annual weekend conference. For more information, visitwww.camdenconference.org, email info@camdenconference.org, or call 207-236-1034.