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Lamont-Doherty’s ‘giant science fair’ is Saturday


The theme of this year’s open house at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is “Earth on Alert.”

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Route 9W campus in Palisades.

Here’s some information from the LDEO press release:

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a global leader in studying the natural world, opens its doors once a year to the public for demonstrations, talks and exhibits detailing its work — a giant science fair for all ages featuring top researchers.

This year, many scientists will discuss natural and manmade hazards they studied in 2010, including the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

• Tsunami layers in the Hudson River from one or more impacts of extraterrestrial bodies (11 a.m.)
• Earth Institute director Jeffrey D. Sachs on the outlook for next month’s world climate summit (11:15 a.m.)
• Lecture on hurricanes and climate change (11:30 a.m.)
• Haiti earthquake: panel on geology, socioeconomic impacts and prospects for recovery (noon)
• Latest findings on volume and consequences of the oil spill, from scientists now working in the Gulf (2 p.m.)
• Earthquake prediction in the shadow of chaos (2:30 p.m.)
• Tripling crop yields in rural Africa (3 p.m.)

Check out the complete schedule because the event offers loads of hands-on activities and other interactive opportunities.

Above right, a postcard announcing the open house (Provided by LDEO)

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