It's time for the next Speakers Series at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.
This week, the free lecture will be covering the topic of 'Canadian Volcanoes, eh? Active Volcanoes on Canada's Ring of Fire'.
"I'm going to be presenting an overview that is concentrating on two volcanoes here in Western Canada that my research group has started to work on. One is called Ciaz, it's up northwest of Smithers, and the other one is actually not far from the lower mainland of BC, Mount Meagre, which has actually had some recent activity," stated Dr. Glyn Williams-Jones, Associate Professor in Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.
What most don't actually realize is that we have volcanoes here in Canada. Recently we have not had any big Mount St. Helens type of volcanoes, but we do have a few genealogically recent volcanoes.
Dr. Glyn Williams-Jones will be speaking mainly on two different volcanoes in Canada.
"Ciaz, I have a PHD student working on, is responsible for one of Canada's worst natural hazards. A lava flow came out in the 1700's and it killed over 2,000 people in two different first nations villages," explained Williams-Jones.
"In contrast, the other volcano I will be speaking about actually did have a Mount St. Helens eruption about 2,500 years ago; for humans that sounds like a long time, but for geology that's like yesterday," Williams-Jones noted. "There's new gas coming out of the volcano, so it's just kind of reiterating that we have active systems here in BC and we need to study them."
Another topic that Dr. Glyn Williams-Jones will be covering during his Speakers Series will be that earthquakes and volcanoes occur for basically the same reason.
"It's related to this idea that, roughly speaking, the Pacific Ocean plate is going underneath North America and it's not a smooth system. Over time it releases and we get these large earthquakes, but also results in the melting material that comes up, almost like the blobs in a lava lamp, working their way up and those end up forming volcanoes when they reach the surface," outlined the Associate Professor.
This Speakers Series takes place on Thursday, February 2, at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Although Dr. Glyn Williams-Jones is a professor in British Columbia, he will be here to give an oral presentation.
"This kind of thing you really need to do face to face. It's difficult to do it just over the phone, especially for me when I want to see and be able to interact with the audience," expressed Williams-Jones.
"It is a public seminar, so if people are able to come the more the merrier. I can speak for hours on volcanoes, but I will try to confine myself to something manageable. It should be fun."