While we rely on expeditions to collect critical data for research, it is back in the lab where sophisticated analyses are made, patterns emerge, and big ideas are born. Vital to an institution such as Lamont-Doherty is the capacity to raise funds for state-of-the-art infrastructure that will attract world-class scientists and sustain our mission of discovery.
Observatory scientists, as well as colleagues from around the world, will use this remarkable facility to conduct investigations ranging from the cosmos to the climate to the deep earth. This combination of distinguished researchers in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities makes Lamont-Doherty the best place to answer the complex questions we face as Earth responds to unprecedented changes in our environment.
Immense pressure, near-freezing temperatures, no light, no air -- the ocean floor is an alien and hostile world to us surfacedwelling creatures. But we’re curious, enterprising and bold. For 200 years we’ve measured the ocean’s depth to reveal seascapes that become more intriguing with each advance in technology. This lecture will trace the how-and-why of our quest for knowledge of the ocean floor, and will showcase images and facts from the latest in mapping and sampling of the 70% of Earth that is covered by water.
This lecture is sponsored by the Lamont-Doherty Alumni Association as part of the Public Lecture Series
Dr. Gregory S. Mountain
Adjunct Senior Research Scientist
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
For more than sixty years, the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory has been a world leader in understanding the earth. Observatory scientists scrutinize the earth from its deepest interior to the outer reaches of its atmosphere on every continent and in every ocean, their work is more important today than ever before.