'The Shape of the Land: Pleistocene Ice Age Processes that Caused Alberta to Look the Way it Does'; the topic for the upcoming Speaker Series.
"It will be looking at the evidence we've used to interpret the futures of Alberta, where we look at the present day systems and we interpret them to look at the past. More and more as we do field work, we find that those interpretations don't explain a lot of the interpretations that we see," stated Dr. Rob Young, Associate Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences; Geography, at the University of British Columbia.
"A new set of ideas are coming to bare where we're thinking that many of these features are better explained through catastrophic floods associated with glaciers, opposed to just direct action with ice."
Dr. Young added that the creation of the Drumheller valley is actually from a glacier, for those who didn't already know.
"Water really only flows uphill when it's confined and pressurized, so those conditions would have occurred under the ice during a glacial maximum. The Drumheller Valley would have been, we think, formed much later at a lower stage of glaciaition," explained Dr. Young.
The next Speaker Series takes place on Friday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m. in the Royal Tyrrell Auditorium. Admission is free.