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Distinguished Oceanographic Lecturer to Speak
as Part of UW-Eau Claire Lecture Series

RELEASED: March 17, 2006

Dr. Albert Hine
Dr. Albert Hine

EAU CLAIRE — A presentation in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Earth Science and Geography Seminar Series for the spring semester will feature Albert Hine, an educator from the University of South Florida.

Hine's talk, "Big Waves, Extreme Aridity, Strange Reefs, and Poisonous Gas All Seen in the Cool-Water Carbonate Sediments of the Great Australian Bight," will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, March 31, in Room 281 of Phillips Science Hall.

Hine, one of the 2005-06 Joint Oceanographic Institutions Distinguished Lecturers, will discuss his experiences on one of the few Ocean Drilling Program's expeditions (Leg 182). This leg studied coastal process so that the earth science community could better understand the continental margin and associated sedimentary geology of the Great Australian Bight. Hine also has extensive experience around coasts of the United States and the Caribbean, where he discovered the deepest coral reef along continental U.S. coast.

The Leg 182 expedition traveled to the Great Australian Bight, which isn't as well researched as the Great Barrier Reef and the Bahamas because it is a cool-water, high-latitude and high wave energy area unlike the warm water of the other reefs.

Hine was co-chief scientist on Leg 182 and also served as a sedimentologist aboard Leg 194. He also was a member of the U.S. Science Advisory committee, a liaison to the Science Steering and Evaluation Panel, a member of the Site Survey Panel and served as a member of Ocean Drilling Program's Ocean History panel.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information on the Earth Science Seminar Series, contact Dr. Harry Jol, associate professor of geography and anthropology, (715) 836-3472.

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