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Volcanoes of Las Cruces 2018

Join the Museum of Nature & Science from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12 for the Active Galaxy Lecture Series: Volcanoes of Las Cruces.

Emily Johnson, a professor of volcanology in the Department of Geological Sciences, at New Mexico State University, will highlight the rich, volcanic history near Las Cruces. From large explosive eruptions 35 million years ago of the Organ Caldera, to recent eruptions like Kilbourn Hole, only 14,000 years ago, Johnson will focus on the origins of these volcanoes, what can be learned about the magma from the deposits, and how explosive the eruptions were.

In addition to researching the volcanoes of southern New Mexico, Johnson studies volcanic eruptions in Mexico, the Cascade Range of the U.S. Pacific Northwest, and New Zealand.

People attending the lecture should enter the museum at 410 N. Water St.

Admission is free to the Museum of Nature and Science, 411 N. Main St. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For information, call 575/522-3120, or visit: http://las-cruces.org/museums.