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Earth and Space Open House: The Active Earth

This month, we will enjoy a keynote lecture, Exploring Earth’s Highest Mountains and Deepest Valleys from Professors Arjun Heimsath and Kelin Whipple at 7:40 p.m. in the Marston Exploration Theater.

About the speakers:

Drs. Kelin Whipple and Arjun Heimsath are professors in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. Their research focuses on geomorphology — the study of landforms and their evolution. In particular, they are interested in how the earth surface responds to and records human activity, climate change, and tectonics. This understanding is essential to understanding and mitigating natural hazards and minimizing detrimental impacts of human activity.


The Earth remains the most fascinating and complex planetary system ever discovered. Exploration of Earth is vital as there is much we still do not understand about the interactions among climate, life, tectonics, and the evolving surface of our planet that so critically shape our environment. In this lecture, the speakers will share their experiences of exploration and discovery in some of the most amazing landscapes on Earth, including Arizona’s Grand Canyon, the Himalaya, and the Atacama Desert. Emphasis will be on how scientists approach extracting the secrets of a mysterious past, and the great adventures involved in this pursuit of knowledge.

 This event will take place within the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB4) on the ASU Tempe campus. Nearby, there will be telescope viewing (weather permitting) a short distance from the building. RSVP here