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SDAG Monthly Meeting
Tuesday - March 19

Location: Tom Hams Lighthouse
2150 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

Head toward San Diego International Airport. Turn on to Harbor Island Drive. Turn right and go to the end of the island.

happy hour
6:00pm -
Social hour  

SDAG Monthly Meeting

6:00pm - Happy Hour
7:00pm - Dinner
8:00pm - Program


Menu: Top Sirloin entree, Vegetarian Pasta entree, Soup, Salad, Roasted Vegetables, Dessert, No-host bar
if pre-registered by the deadline, $5 extra if you did not make a reservation. Click the SDAG member checkbox on the reservation form if you are a member.

Cost: $65.00 for non-members, $60.00 for members, $30.00 for students
Reservations: Make/Pay your reservation online by clicking the button below no later than 6pm, Friday, March 8
(Please note beginning January 2024 all meeting reservations will require on-line pre-payment due to venue costs, venue contracts, and loss of money due to no shows.)


8:00pm - Program

" Mighty Bad Land: A Perilous Expedition to Antarctica Reveals Clues to an Eighth Continent "

Speakers: Bruce Luyendyk, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, UC Santa Barbara& Dave Kimbrough, Professor, Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences, SDSU

ABSTRACT: A tale of grit and real teamwork in the wilds of Antarctica when the hunger for knowledge reigns supreme. Anything can happen in a pure wilderness experienced by few humans - a place where unseen menace waits everywhere. This story is an unembellished account of a scientist and his team exploring the last place on Earth. But, unlike most recent books on Antarctica, the reader becomes embedded with geologist Bruce Luyendyk's team. They share the challenges, companionship, failures, bravery, and success brought to light from scientific research pursued in an unforgiving place, Marie Byrd Land, or Mighty Bad Land.

The geologists make surprising discoveries. Luyendyk realizes that vast submarine plateaus in the southwest Pacific are continental pieces that broke away from the Marie Byrd Land sector of Gondwana. He coined "Zealandia" to describe this newly recognized submerged continent. Only the tops of its mountains poke above sea level to host the nation of New Zealand. This stunning revelation of a submerged eighth continent promises economic and geopolitical consequences reverberating into the twenty-first century.

The story occurs in the 1990s and fills a gap in the timeline of Antarctic exploration between the Heroic Age, the age of military exploration, and before the modern era of science. Danger is exponentially greater, isolation a constant threat without GPS, satellite phones, and the internet. As the expedition's leader, Luyendyk stands up to his demons that surface under the extreme duress of his experience, like nearly losing two team members

BIO: Bruce Luyendyk, Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of California, Santa Barbara, was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

On his first expedition to West Antarctica in 1989, Luyendyk and his geology team found evidence that a large submarine plateau, a fragment from the Gondwana breakup, comprises a sunken continent beneath New Zealand. This eighth continent was named Zealandia by Luyendyk. In 2016, the US Board on Geographic Names honored him by naming a summit in Antarctica Mount Luyendyk.

Luyendyk is a graduate of San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. His prior research in marine geophysics included exploration of deep-sea black smokers, i.e., hydrothermal vents, using the deep submersible ALVIN off western Mexico. For this, he and colleagues shared the Newcomb Cleveland Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

BIO: Professor Kimbrough is a first-generation college student who completed his PhD at UC Santa Barbara and has served as a San Diego State University faculty member since 1989. He has led international research and education efforts throughout his career, mostly in the circum-Pacific region (Antarctica, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Canada, Mexico, South America). His international experience is rooted in his PhD dissertation work on Cedros Island off west-central Baja California. This and subsequent work up and down Baja over the past 40 years has established him as an experienced expert in peninsular California geology involving hundreds of students and colleagues in many capacities.

Dave is a much sought-after speaker for SDAG's and many other organizations' field trips and meetings. As much for his knowledge and experience as his entertaining and engaging presentations!
Upcoming SDAG meetings - 2024

April 17- Student research presentations by student scholarship winners, at Sunbelt Publications

May 15- Don Barrie & William Buckley present some Icelandic Adventures

June 3 or 19- SDAG / SCGS joint meeting: Susan Hough on 1994 Northridge Earthquake

July 17- Chuck Houser, at Sunbelt Publications

August 21- TBA

September 27 - 29- SDAG Annual Field Trip, to the Transverse Ranges (no meeting this month)

October 16- TBA

November 20- Joint Meeting with AEG Inland Empire Section

December 18- Traditional Holiday Celebration at the NAT with Tom Demere

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