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Dark Materials –the Science and Beauty of Peatland

By BenResLife 04 Jan 2017

Professoriate Lectures from MMU

Join us for the third in the 2016-17 series of public lectures. January’s talk is from Simon Caporn, Professor in Ecology and Environmental Science.

 Dark Materials – the Science and Beauty of Peatlands

Dark, peaty soils cover an increasing proportion of Britain as you head north and west to the wetter regions. The beautiful purple-headed mountains are a type of peatland almost unique to this country and give our hills much splendour and substantial benefits known now as ecosystem services. In many poorly drained upland and lowland peatlands, the peat layer has formed over thousands of years and is many metres deep, rich in organic matter and makes peatlands our largest land-based carbon reservoir.

In this talk, Simon Caporn will address the threats to these ecosystems and consider how we might conserve the beauty of peatlands and preserve their carbon stores at a stage in the life of the planet when humans are increasingly taking control over and disrupting the Earth’s ecosystems.

 Refreshments will be available from 17:30 with the talk starting at 18:00. This will last around 45 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A session and a drinks reception.

The event is free of charge, but please book your ticket in advance here. 

Thursday 26th January  – 17:30-20:00 – Room T0.03, John Dalton Building, MMU All Saints Campus, M1 5GD.

Please email engage@mmu.ac.uk if you have any questions.

On the 30th January there is the monthly SciBar talk about nano technology.

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