Sandhills topic of Loope's Oct. 13 Olson Seminar


Professor David Loope will present "Unmasking Nebraska's 'Desert in Disguise'" at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q St. The seminar and 3 p.m. reception are free and open to the public.

The Nebraska Sandhills cover nearly a quarter of our state. The grass-covered hills that rise as much as 400 feet above adjacent valleys reveal startling things about the climate history of the Great Plains. At multiple times and as recently as 800 years ago, the hills have lost their thin veneer of grass and, as active sand dunes, have started to migrate under the prairie wind. This presentation will emphasize how we know what we do about the interactions of sand, grass, and water on the Plains through geologic time.

Loope holds the Schultz Chair in Stratigraphy within the UNL Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

The seminar is sponsored by the Center for Great Plains Studies.

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