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Geologists of Jackson Hole

September and October 2014 public programs

In conjunction with Teton Co. Library

All free & open to the Public at 6 p.m.

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September 16 (Tuesday), 6 p.m., Teton Co. Library Auditorium - Open to Public. Presentation:         "The Magical Kingdom of Bhutan: Geology, Scenery, and Trekking in the High Himalaya”. Presented by Mike Adler, Member, Geologists of Jackson Hole.

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a very special place,  sparsely populated by residents and tourists, with beautiful scenery set among Buddhist temples in the eastern high Himalaya.  A combination of incredible scenery and remarkable geology, this talk comes from our 10 day trip to the Kingdom of Bhutan in October of 2013. It begins by explaining how the geology of the Himalaya began a mere 50 million years ago, when the Indian  and Asian plates collided to create the 2400 kilometer Himalayan range - the tallest and youngest mountain range in the world. The Himalayas are still evolving with an incredible plate movement of up to 70mm, height growth up to 5mm, and erosion rate up to 10mm per year. The talk will then briefly review the geology of the Everest and Annapurna regions featuring pictures of five 8000m summits.  The similarities and differences of the geology in Bhutan will be discussed . There are no 8000 meter peaks in Bhutan but there are 19 over 7000m and because of the strong Buddhist culture most of these have never been climbed making them the highest unclimbed peaks in the world. The geology of all six of the highest peaks will be discussed featuring pictures taken on wonderfully clear days from two high Buddhist monasteries with one located at 10,300’ and the other at 11,800’.

The talk will then continue with scenery and trekking in the Punakha area which is the site of the largest Buddhist monastery in the country, followed by travel to the high Phobjika valley, winter home of the rare black necked cranes and one of four regions of Bhutan which have an island of sedimentary rock surrounded by metamorphic rock. This feature is not seen elsewhere in the Himalaya. The last part of the talk will be treks to three beautiful high monasteries in the capital region of Thimphu and the famous Tigers Nest monastery in the Paro area. The talk ends with aerial photos of the six eastern most 8000m Himalayan peaks.


October 7 (Tuesday), 6 p.m., Teton Co. Library Auditorium - Open to Public. Presentation:     "Climate Change: Risk and Opportunity in the United States”. Presented by Governor Bill Ritter, former governor of Colorado and Director, Center for the New Energy Economy Colorado State University.


An enormous opportunity is brewing in the United States – and so is an enormous risk. Both are driven by global climate change. It is already underway with evident impacts as we experience increasingly severe drought, wildfires, floods, sea level rise and stronger hurricanes. The risk is that these events will grow far worse and even irreversible. The opportunity is that we can manage the risk with the rapidly growing market for clean energy in the United States and worldwide.

In this talk, former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter will make the case that nothing short of a clean energy revolution is needed to mitigate the risk and seize the opportunity. Governor Ritter, who is known nationally for his leadership in making Colorado an example of clean energy development, says an intelligent mix of public policy, technology innovation, and financing must drive the revolution. And, it must occur more rapidly than any major energy transition in the history of industrial economies.  Will the revolution happen quickly enough?  What is the role of fossil fuels in the transition?  What is the political will in America to make the transition?  These are some of the questions Governor Ritter will discuss in his October 7th presentation.





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Linda Merigliano

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Dr. Barbara John

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