ASC Asks: Are We Out of the Ice Age Yet?



BAR HARBOR — Is Maine out of the Ice Age completely and, if not, when and how will the next glacial phase start? And what does global warming have to do with it all? Dr. Harold W. Borns, Jr. will address these questions in an Acadia Senior College Eat and Edify program, “Maine and the Current Ice Age” at Birch Bay Village on Friday, Nov. 20 at noon.

 

The ice age is made up of at least nine 100,000-year-long glacial periods during the last 2.5 million years, separated by short 10,000-year-long interglacial periods. Maine was completely deglaciated the last time, about 9,000 years ago. As professor emeritus of ice age geology at University of Maine, Dr. Borns brings a lifetime of study to answering the question: What comes next?

Dr. Borns has lead research expeditions in Maine and the Northeast, Antarctica, Greenland, India, Ireland, Norway, and the Yukon. He directed polar glaciology within the U.S. Antarctic Program of the National Science Foundation. He was founding director of the Climate Change Institute (formerly The Institute for Quaternary Studies), and has received many honors in his field, including the naming of Borns Glacier in Antarctica.

The hot buffet lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and costs $10; the lecture is from noon to 1 p.m. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting the Acadia Senior College office at 288-9500. Office hours are Tuesday through Thursday 8:30-4:30.

 

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