Lecture: Living on the Edge

Those of us who live on the West Coast reside at the interface of huge plates of the earth's crust. Through hundreds of millions of years the interaction of crustal plates has created the geology of the region and continues to shape its physical geography. The consequences affect the region's climate and its habitability.

In this lecture, geologist Ed Clifton will explore the process of subduction, which involves the collision of two tectonic plates and results in one sliding below the other. He will illustrate how the Big Sur coast provides an excellent, ancient example of this process. 

The talk will conclude with an examination of past and future geological hazards that attend the West Coast, including volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Find out about earthquake prediction and get a few more coping strategies for dealing with the inevitable Big One.

Admission is $5 (free for Museum Members)