Professor Weil will speak on, "Building Robust Kinematic Models to Better Understand the Tectonics of Large-Scale Mountain Systems."
Anyone who was ventured to see one of the great mountainous regions of the world intuitively understands the incredible power that plate tectonics has on landscape evolution. This talk will explore how geologists attempt to understand the evolution of mountain systems from their origins through to their ultimate demise. How did the great mountain systems like the Appalachians, Andes, Alps, Himalayas, or the Rockies come to be? What characteristics of past tectonic plates, and their interactions, resulted in the current distribution and geometries of these ranges, and what types of data are best suited for developing robust models for their evolution?
Reception in the London Room to follow.