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Megafloods will be featured Aug. 3

The Hood River County Library District and the Columbia Gorge Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute host Dr. Victor R. Baker from the University of Arizona for a presentation on Megafloods on Earth, Mars, and Beyond.

The presentation will be in the Hood River Library Reading Room Saturday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m.

For more than 40 years University of Arizona Regents’ Professor Victor R. Baker has been studying the most spectacular and immense flood phenomena currently known to occur anywhere in the solar system.

The immense megafloods of the last Ice Age created bizarre landscapes like the Channeled Scabland and altered the circulation of the oceans thereby changing Earth’s climate. More surprising was the discovery that much larger megafloods occurred billions of years ago on the planet Mars.

The Martian megafloods formed temporary bodies of water on that planet, even generating a kind of ocean that facilitated environmental conditions on Mars that may have been like those of an ice age on Earth. These discoveries are showing that Mars, like Earth, had a long-term cycle of water circulation that produced a habitable planet, and these are exactly the kinds of processes to seek out in the newly initiated search for the other habitable planets of the universe.

Victor R. Baker is Regents’ Professor of hydrology and water resources, geosciences and planetary sciences at the University of Arizona. He has authored or co-authored more than 360 research articles and 16 books. His work on megafloods has been featured on multiple television documentaries for PBS, BBC, and the National Geographic, Discovery and History Channels, including the 2005 NOVA production “Mystery of the Megaflood.”

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535, info@hood riverlibrary.org, or visit their website at http:// hoodriverlibrary.org.

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