March 28, 2013

A Free Lecture by Dr. Winnie Kortemeier

The Violent Geologic History of Lake Tahoe

Have you ever wondered if Lake Tahoe could be affected by a destructive earthquake or volcanic eruption? Is a massive landslide and tsunami possible?

Western Nevada College Geology Professor Winnie Kortemeier will share the most recent scientific insight into the formation and history of Lake Tahoe as part of Earth Week activities. The public is invited to a free lecture at WNC Carson City in Marlette Hall on Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The event is sponsored by the WNC Recycling Committee, as part of Earth Week activities.

Dr. Kortemeier will present photographs, diagrams, and rock samples she collected while working toward her doctorate at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research focused on the young volcanic rocks at Lake Tahoe.

“My research indicates that volcanism is much younger in the Tahoe Basin than previously thought,” she said. “This suggests that future eruptions may, indeed, occur.”

Dr. Kortemeier said that by applying a thorough knowledge of the history of the lake, we can better understand the possibility of future violent events. “It’s not my intent to scare anyone, but Lake Tahoe has been prone to violent geologic activity in the past. I think it would behoove us all to be aware of what is possible in the future.”

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