UMW News BureauA supercontinent and Siberian geology will be the subject of the University of Montana Western’s On the Rocks speaker series on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 at 4 p.m. in Block Hall Room 311 on the UMW campus. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="194" caption="University of Montana geosciences professor Jim Sears in Siberia."][/caption] A supercontinent and Siberian geology will be the subject of the University of Montana Western’s On the Rocks speaker series on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 at 4 p.m. in Block Hall Room 311 on the UMW campus. Jim Sears, Ph.D., a professor in the University of Montana-Missoula Department of Geosciences, will be the evening’s speaker. His presentation is entitled, "Getting There from Here: A Siberian Tectonic Journey." Sears will discuss his work on the Precambrian (1.5 billion-year) connection of Siberia and western North America, which were then amassed into one supercontinent. Sears has studied the Precambrian connection of Siberia to western North America since 1976. Most recently, he floated several Siberian rivers in 2004 and 2008 to collect data that are the foundation of his plate tectonic reconstructions. Sears will also show video from his trips. Sears is the author of 250 published research papers, reports, geological maps, field guides, and abstracts. He has performed geological field work in New Zealand, Australia, Wales, France, Finland, Russia and Canada, as well as in the Rockies and Appalachians. He received the University of Montana’s Distinguished Scholar Award in 2008 and was elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2009.
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