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'Ask a Scientist' to explore the environmental impact of warfare

RELEASED: Feb. 19, 2010

Joseph Hupy in Vietnam
During a 2007 visit to Vietnam, Dr. Joseph Hupy walked through elephant grass while attempting to reach the summit of Hill 861 on the Khe Sanh battlefield. The landscape in the area was decimated by explosives during the fighting in the area 40 years ago.

EAU CLAIRE — The "Ask a Scientist" series will continue this month with a presentation by Dr. Joseph Hupy, assistant professor of geography and anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

"Khe Sahn, Vietnam: Rethinking the Long-Term Impacts of Warfare on the Environment" will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire.

Many battlefields have been heavily disturbed by warfare through the centuries, yet the recovery of these battlefields is highly dependent on the geography of the region. The majority of this talk will center on events that took place on the former Vietnam battlefield of Khe Sanh, and why disturbance from warfare is not the only reason for lack of reforestation in the region.

The "Ask a Scientist" series is open to suggestions from the community for future topics. Ideas for interesting or even controversial scientific presentations are welcome. The popular monthly event is geared toward the educated layperson and is typically held at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Acoustic Café. The presentations are free and open to the public.

For more information or to submit ideas, contact Dr. Paul Thomas, professor of physics and astronomy, at 715-836-3615 or thomaspj@uwec.edu.

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