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Madagascar: Island of Lemurs
Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
135 million years ago, Madgascar was created by the rifting of the supercontinent of Gondwana that separated India-Madagascar and other fragments from South Africa and South America. Approximately 88 million years ago, Madagascar split from India, with the sub-continent racing north to slam into Asia, creating the Himalayan mountain chain.
The isolated state of Madagascar allowed a plethora of species to grow and proliferate. Some 90% of all the animal and plant species on the island are endemic to Madgascar, perhaps best known of which are the great variety of both lemur and chameleon species.
Having recently travelled over much of southern Madagascar, Alan and Anne Morgan were fortunate enough to witness many of these charismatic species in the wild. During this illustrated talk, Alan will share some of their experiences with the island’s incredibly unique landscapes, animals, and plants that they observed.
Come out to October’s meeting to hear Alan’s exciting talk on his visit with Anne to Madagascar: Island of Lemurs.
Alan Morgan is a retired professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the University of Waterloo, and a long-time member of WRN. His first venture into public awareness of science was in 1973 when he and his wife Anne, made a CBC documentary for The Nature of Things about the 1973 Heimaey Eruption, in Iceland. Since then he has presented over 1,200 public lectures in national and international venues, as well as lecturing on cruise and expedition ships in the Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic and Antarctic.
Alan’s topics cover a broad spectrum of subjects, ranging from geology to history, natural history and biology and climate change – (and even photography)! Following retirement Alan and Anne have continued to travel with many excursions in Europe, South America, South Africa, Madagascar and Australia. They have made several trans-continental forays, from the high Arctic to southern Mexico. Most recently, Alan rafted the Grand Canyon and traveled along the Antarctic Peninsula.