Public talk on the Lotus Valley meteorite — plus solar eclipse viewing!

UC Davis geology professor Qing-Zhu Yin will give a public talk, “The “Lotus Valley” Meteorite: What does it mean to science? What does it mean to our valley? What can it mean to you?” on Sunday, May 20.

Where: Gold Trail Grange #452, 319 State Highway 49

Coloma, CA 95613 (located within Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park)

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Free Parking at Sutter’s Mill Parking Lot next door)

In this general public talk, Dr. Yin will review what scientists could learn about the origin of our solar system from meteorites like the one that fell in Lotus Valley; why scientists need a lot more materials; how to identify the general features of these carbonaceous chondrites in the field, with examples from Lotus Valley fall; how to handle the sample for safe storage, etc. followed by a brief question-and-answer session.

Coincidentally, on May 20, the Annular Solar Eclipse occurs at 6:20 p.m. Lotus is well within 93 percent totality of view. Join Dr. Yin at 6:00 p.m. near the Grange for the eclipse viewing prior to the presentation on the meteorite.

Qing-Zhu Yin received his Ph.D. from the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry/Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany and worked at Harvard University before joining UC Davis in 2003. He recently co-authored a book for lay readers, “Earth: Its Birth and Growth,” published by Cambridge University Press, 2012.

One response to “Public talk on the Lotus Valley meteorite — plus solar eclipse viewing!

  1. There is no such place as the “lotus Valley”. It has been the Coloma Valley for a long, long time!

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