Lecture -- "Two Uncommon "Worlds" of the Northern Tularosa Basin, South-Central New Mexico"

Thursday, November 20, 7:00 PM to Thursday, November 20, 8:30 PM
The Dynatheater

David W. Love, Ph.D.
NM Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources, New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology

The floor of the northern Tularosa Basin, south of the Oscura Mountains and north of White Sands National Monument, consists of two very different geologic worlds. One world has been made of rock fragments eroded from the surrounding mountains; and one world is made of gypsum that precipitated from the evaporation of water and is responsible for the development of the White Sands. North of an ice-age lake that occupied the Tularosa Basin until about 15,000 years ago, gypsum created an unusual surface of spring mounds, ponds, and marshes now home to unique flora and fauna.

Dr. David Love is an environmental geologist for the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, a state agency that is a division of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. His interests range from applying geologic concepts to natural hazards and soil problems, to archaeological and paleontological sites, to basic bedrock geology, and to “recent” geologic history of New Mexico.  He is a second generation geologist; both of his parents were eminent geologists.  He earned a B.S. in archaeology and geology from Beloit College and M.S. and Ph.D. in geology from UNM.

Held at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 • (505) 841-2800 Visit: www.nmnaturalhistory.org

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