Volcanoes provide many natural resources from which society can benefit. Diamonds and most of the world’s copper are mined from eroded extinct volcanoes while many active volcanoes offer the possibility of extracting huge amounts of geothermal energy. The volcanic processes that transport diamonds to the Earth’s surface and enrich copper beneath volcanoes, show how volcanoes can be a major energy and resource.
No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture
Professor Sir Stephen Sparks CBE is Visiting Professor of Geology at Gresham College. He is also Chaning Wills Professor of Geology in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. He is one of the world's leading volcanologists and is widely recognised for his work in the field. His work is mainly focused on volcanic and igneous processes. He has also made contributions in fundamental fluid mechanics, sedimentology and risk assessment methodologies for natural hazards.