When Earth Attacks: Peter van Keken's Neighborhood Lecture

May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Photo courtesy USGS.
Friday, March 23, 2018 


Neighbors and friends of Carnegie's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) gathered at the Broad Branch Road Campus in Washington, D.C. on March 22, 2018 for the first Spring 2018 Neighborhood Lecture, "When Earth Attacks: Causes and Consequences of a Tectonic Planet," by DTM Staff Scientist Peter van Keken.

Click play to watch the full recording of van Keken's talk and presentation.

During his lecture, van Keken discussed the 50-year-old concept of plate tectonics, emphasizing its importance for the evolution of the Earth and life as we know it. He also presented results of his research on subduction zones and mantle convection modeling.

Peter van Keken spoke to a full house of friends and neighbors.

At DTM, van Keken studies the dynamics that underlie plate tectonics to better understand the tectonic evolution of the Earth. His computational models use finite element techniques to solve the governing equations for slow convection in the silicate Earth.

Learn more about van Keken's research