Saturday, November 19: Nonfiction. Dr. Ian Lange, Professor of Geology at the University of Montana, will read from his in-depth survey of volcanism in Volcanoes: What's Hot and What's Not on Earth and in our Solar System. 1pm.
Unmatched in their power and violence, volcanoes are also beautiful and surprisingly beneficial. As revealed in Volcanoes: What's Hot and What's Not on Earth and in our Solar System, the molten rock beneath our feet continues to shape our world and contributes to the chemistry of life itself. Join geologist and educator Ian Lange for an in-depth survey of volcanism, from magma generation, plate tectonics, caldera formation, and hot spots to basalt floods, pyroclastic flows, lahars, super volcanoes, and more. Lange also explains topics seldom covered in volcano books, such as magma chemistry, volcanic production of metals and minerals, life on hydrothermal vents, and ash effects on aviation. With clear, lively text, 70 photographs, and 54 illustrations, Volcanoes: What's Hot and What's Not on Earth and in Our Solar System is a must-read for the scientist and layperson alike.
Ian Lange, a graduate of Dartmouth College, with a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in geology and stable isotope geochemistry, has studied volcanic rocks and mineral deposits in Peru, the continental United States, and British Columbia. He has worked for exploration companies as well as for his own personal love of the topic. Dr. Lange has also assessed mineral deposits for the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska. In addition, he has been involved in ground-based thermal remote sensing of dormant and active Cascade and Central American volcanoes. Dr. Lange has taught geology at the university level in California, New Hampshire, and Montana. When not studying volcanoes, volcanic rocks, and mineral deposits, Dr. Lange taught for over 30 years at the University of Montana. During his teaching career, he authored and co-authored more than 100 papers about mineral deposits and volcanic rocks in national and international geological journals and in Science. One of Dr. Lange's interests is Pleistocene ice-age animals. His recent book Ice Age Mammals of North America: A Guide to the Big, the Hairy, and the Bizarre combines biology and geology. He and his wife Jo-Ann travel to Mexico each January to study geology and culture.