Dunes, on Earth, Mars and Titan
  • The B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth PL1 2NJ

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Desert dune landscapes have fascinated and inspired writers and artists from Shelley's Ozymandias to Tatooine in the opening scenes of Star Wars.

The reality is no less bizarre and wonderful. Desert dunes are uniquely dynamic landscapes which reveal further mysteries as fast as progress in science is made. The story takes us from the pioneering work of Brigadier Ralph Bagnold (who found time to research and write a seminal textbook while deep behind enemy lines in the Sahara desert during WWII), via Antarctica, chaos theory and climate change... to Saturn's icy moon Titan where methane rain sometimes falls on the giant equatorial dunes.

Dr Matt Telfer is a lecturer of Physical Geography at Plymouth University and his interests include desert geomorphology, environmental change and relaxing around the campfire amongst the dunes after a good day's fieldwork.

Plymouth Scibar note

Attendance is free for this event but we suggest a contribution of £2 per person. The British Science Association is a voluntary organisation which relies on contributions from its audience to continue running events. All money received goes back into running similar projects in the city and wider South West region! 

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