Event Date

March 30, 2007

Listen to Geologic Tales of Lake Tahoe at WNCC

How was Lake Tahoe formed? Was it created by a meteorite? A volcanic eruption? Glaciers? Many people visit Lake Tahoe each year but few know much about the geology of the largest alpine lake in North America. Western Nevada Community College Geology Professor Winnie Kortemeier will share interesting facts, intriguing photos and geologic history of Lake Tahoe in a free lecture at WNCC's Marlette Hall on Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m.

The lecture is the third installment of Western's 2006-2007 Faces, Voices & Stories Cultural Series that is sponsored by the WNCC Office of Student Activities & United Students Association.

Kortemeier will offer a multimedia presentation about the lake's ancient volcanic activity and a display of rock samples from the Tahoe Basin. She will talk about fallacies of how Lake Tahoe was formed and explain the most recent ideas on that topic. She will also discuss her recent research on the youngest volcanic rocks in the region and the insight that those rocks give to not only Lake Tahoe's formation, but also the type of eruption that might be expected in the Tahoe Basin in the future.

"We boat, fish, swim and are amazed at the beauty of Lake Tahoe. I think that if people understand the geologic story of the lake, they will be even more amazed," Kortemeier said. "Most of the Sierra Nevada are made of granite, which is gorgeous, but in my mind the volcanic rocks, which are not as pretty, add the most excitement to the geologic history of the lake."

Kortemeier will share some of the hundreds of photos she has taken while working on her doctorate in geology at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Press Release: March 12, 2007

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