Omani cultural center: W&M’s Bailey on Oman’s geoheritage

Insights From the Deep Earth:
Oman’s Amazing Geological Heritage

Dr. Chuck Bailey, College of William & Mary

Thursday, 4 October
12:00 p.m.

at 1100 16th St NW Washington DC 20036

The Sultanate of Oman is known for its spectacular geology and rich geological history that covers nearly one billion years. In northern Oman, a vast slab of oceanic crust and mantle, known as ophiolite, was emplaced at the Earth’s surface approximately 80 million years ago. Globally, ophiolites are rare and their origin enigmatic. The Oman ophiolite is the world’s largest and best-exposed ophiolite, which provides a unique setting to study the dynamic processes that place rocks from the sea floor and the deep earth literally at our feet. Today, the ophiolite’s distinctive chemistry may prove to be a useful tool for sequestering carbon and combating global warming. This lecture will provide an overview of Oman’s iconic landscapes, discuss on-going research in the Sultanate, and explore the intersection between geology and society in the region.

Dr. Christopher ‘Chuck’ Bailey is a professor of Geology at the College of William & Mary. He is a structural geologist, and has studied deformed rocks in the Appalachians, southwestern United States, Rocky Mountains, British Columbia, Belize, Portugal, and most recently Oman. Professor Bailey is the 1999 recipient of the Geological Society of America’s Biggs Award for Excellence in University Teaching. At William & Mary he teaches courses on the earth’s environmental systems, weather & climate, planetary geology, and tectonics. His field courses have studied in many locations including the lava fields of Hawaii, the Norwegian Arctic, and the deserts of Oman. Dr. Bailey earned his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University.

This event is free and open to the public, RSVP required. To RSVP, email with the subject “Chuck Bailey – Full Name”

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