2017 Winter Lecture Series
The wild world of sand dunes-- how the Great Sand Dunes compare to other dunes
by Andrew Valdez, National Park Service at Great Sand Dunes National Park
7 PM, Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Room 130 Porter Hall
Adams State University
The San Luis Valley's Great Sand Dunes is one of the more unusual landscapes in the United States. In fact, so unusual that it's protected by the National Park Service. But how unique are these dunes? Geologist Andrew Valdez will describe how Great Sand Dunes formed and then compare them to other dunes in the US, around the world, and throughout the solar system. Sand dunes form in response to a common set of conditions, but the local environment and material give each dunefield a unique character. They can form where you least expect them and often the result is visually stunning. So come learn about the wild world of sand dunes and find out where other amazing sand dunes are located.
About the Speaker
Andrew Valdez is a San Luis Valley native who grew up in the greater Capulin area. He has worked at Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve as a geologist since 1995 and is a graduate of Adams State College. His work focuses on collecting hydrology and weather data, and monitoring dune movement. He is a member of the SLV Regional Science Fair Committee, and chair of the Colorado Field Institute.