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Posted May 14 , 2010
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Award-winning earth scientist to share eyewitness account of the Iceland volcano eruption

WATERLOO - Award-winning earth scientist Alan Morgan will share his vivid experiences at Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption, which grounded airplanes in Europe, during a public lecture at the University of Waterloo next week.

The 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajokull were a sequence of major volcanic events in Iceland. Seismic activity started at the end of 2009 and led to a volcanic eruption in March 2010. This past April, the plume of ash from another eruption led to widespread disruption of air travel between Europe and North America.

Morgan, a Waterloo professor of earth and environmental sciences, had the opportunity to work with a colleague at the University of Iceland during the most active phase of the eruption in April. He was one of the few that witnessed the Markarfljot floods (jokulhlaups) and flew over the volcano during one of its most active days, getting some unique images of the ash plume that was causing air travel disruption.

On Thursday, May 20, Morgan will give a talk entitled Eyja-what? Ash from Iceland - A Geological Journey. "In this illustrated lecture I will review the history of some recent Icelandic eruptions and talk specifically about the most current eruption that happened in March and April," Morgan said.

Morgan also recently received the 2010 3M National Teaching Fellowship, considered to be Canada's most prestigious award for excellence in teaching. Morgan is only the third person at Waterloo to have won the award since it was established in 1986.

"We are so proud that professor Morgan has been recognized for his dedication to teaching with this esteemed 3M award," said Barry Warner, chair of earth and environmental sciences. "He has an outstanding ability to communicate science to students and the public and draws from personal experience to bring his classes and lectures to life."

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Mathematics and Computer building, room 2065. Please RSVP to scienceevents@uwaterloo.ca. Admission is free and parking is available for free in lots C, X and UWP after 4 p.m.

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