UH Hilo to host talk on permafrost Oct. 24

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Date: Monday, October 20, 2014
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Physics and Astronomy department in conjunction with the Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM) invite the public to a talk on permafrost geomorphology on Friday, October 24, 7-8 p.m., UH Hilo Science and Technology Building, Room 108.

Dr. Kenji Yoshikawa, a professor from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Water and Environmental Research Center, presents “Tropical Mountain Permafrost,” which highlights his areas of research in permafrost geomorphology, permafrost hydrology, and extraterrestrial permafrost. Yoshikawa’s primary interest includes searching for and exploring pingos and icings around the world. These two quests by Yoshikawa—one into interior Antarctica and the other across the Sahara for an ancient pingo scar—are described in his biography Finding Mars.

Yoshikawa’s research locations have included Svalbard, Greenland, Alaska, Siberia, Tibet, Canadian Arctic, and Mongolia. He has also organized and taken part in many field investigations, including searching permafrost at Mount Kilimanjaro, Mexico, Hawaiʻi and the Peruvian Andes.

For more information, contact John Coney at 932-7187 or email uhhpa@hawaii.edu. The website with further information is at: www.astro.uhh.hawaii.edu.

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