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AIA Lecture Series: What Horrible Thing Happened Around the World in AD 536?
Start Date: 4/24/2013Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 4/24/2013End Time: 8:30 PM
Event Description
The few literate cultures in AD 536 recorded intense cold, crop failures, starvation, and deaths. About 75% of the people in a northern Chinese Kingdom died. Similar problems were reported around the Mediterranean. Tree rings in North America, Europe, and Asia record 15 years of cold beginning in AD 536. Ice cores in Greenland and in Antarctica record a dramatic increase in sulfur in the same year, indicating a volcanic eruption was the cause, and not an asteroid impact. The worldwide sulfur circulation indicates an eruption north of the equator. El Salvador's Ilopango eruption, which appears to have occurred more recently than the 5th century, is the likely candidate  for the worst worldwide disaster in the past few millennia. This is a free event that will be held in the Paleontology Hall of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.

Presenter: Payson Sheets, University of Colorado
Location Information:
Main Campus - CU Museum (Henderson Building)  (View Map)
1030 Broadway
Boulder, CO
Room: Paleontology Hall
Contact Information:
Name: University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
Phone: 303-492-6892
Email: cumuseum@colorado.edu
Ilopango Caldera
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  • Ticket information:
    Free

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