Down the Rio Grande: A Paddlers Perspective of Rocks and Rapids

LOS ALAMOS HISTORICAL SOCIETY News

The Los Alamos Historical Society announced its 2012-2013 lecture series, “History and Science.”  Visit http://www.losalamoshistory.org/Events.htmfor a schedule and for a synopsis of each lecture.  Lectures are on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Pajarito Room of the Fuller Lodge. The lectures are free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of the Los Alamos National Bank and the members of the Historical Society. The October lecture is a journey down the Rio Grande by geologist and award-winning author, Paul Bauer, associate director at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources at New Mexico Tech.

At 7:30 p.m.Tuesday, Oct. 9, Paul Bauer presents a geo-photo-journey down the northern Rio Grande, emphasizing the river hydrogeology and the evolution of the sublime landscape. Bauer shares his thoughts on the birth and adolescence of the mighty river, where it gets its water, and its remarkable system of springs. He explores the geologic setting of rapids along the river, the Tertiary battles between water and lava, and tidbits of riverside human history as diverse as gold mining and astronaut training.

Paul Bauer is a principal geologist and associate director at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources at New Mexico Tech. He received a Ph.D. in geology from New Mexico Tech in 1988.He served as manager of the state’s Geologic Mapping Program for 12 years, and was program coordinator for the New Mexico Decision-Makers Field Conferences for 10 years, a program designed to bridge the gap between earth scientists and policy makers.  He has spent much of the last 30 years investigating the geology and hydrogeology of north-central New Mexico.

Bauer has co-authored a series of geologic quadrangle maps of Taos County, has written a wide variety of books and articles on the geology of the region, and in 2007 completed a study of the springs of the Rio Grande gorge. In 2011, he combined an enthusiasm for whitewater adventures with an interest in earth science education by publishing the award-winning and highly acclaimed book, The Rio Grande: A River Guide to the Geology and Landscapes of Northern New Mexico.

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