Wednesdays in April, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Huxley Theater | Free

Moon Rock

New York's Goodwill Moon Rock is a fragment of sample 70017 from the moon's Taurus-Littrow valley brought to earth by Apollo 17 astronauts

Wednesday, April 3 with Dr. Marian Lupulescu
The Earth’s Beginnings

This talk will provide an overview of the 4.5 billion-year narrative of Earth and its minerals and rocks formation. The geological evolution of our planet and its implications unfolds in three stages of formation—planetary accretion, crust and mantle generation and reworking, and life mediated mineralogy. All processes have been recorded over time by important changes in the diversity and distribution of Earth—forming materials, with significant implications on the geological evolution of our planet.


Asteroid Strikes

Illustration by Alan Male

Wednesday, April 10 with Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten
How to Colonize a Planet: Events and Innovations in the History of Life
Following the formation of a series of planets around a central sun, the third planet underwent an amazing and unique evolution. A large part of that is related to the origin and development of Life. Originally a lifeless rock with an oxygen-free atmosphere, various events and innovations in the history of Life contributed immensely to the planet Earth we live on today. New York’s rocks document some of these events—including one of the greatest mass extinctions of Life about 375 million years ago.



A glacially carved valley near Glacier Bay, Alaska

Wednesday, April 17 with Dr. Brian Bird
The Evolution of Earth's Surface
The surface of the earth is dynamic. From a molten ball of lava billions of years ago to the oceans and continents of today, great forces are at play to ever change the landscape we live on. Plate tectonics shifts the position of the continents and oceans around the globe and creates mountains and low lands. The continents repeatedly join together and then split apart. They are also subject to various climate conditions as their position change. We will explore this evolution of the Earth’s surface and relate the processes to New York State.






The New York State Geological Survey (NYSGS) is a bureau of
the New York State Museum in the New York State Education Department.