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Disasters fast and slow: From catastrophic landslides to how we treat our soil

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Not all disasters strike as fast and catastrophically as the tragic, enormous Oso, Washington landslide of 2014. Slower-paced disasters like soil loss and fertility degradation can also be devastating, putting entire societies at risk while presenting daunting day-to-day social challenges.

When:   Tues. Oct. 13, 2015; 7:30 p.m.
Where:   Kane Hall, Room 120 
4069 Spokane Lane
Seattle, WA 98105 
Cost:   Free, but advance registration is required.

MacArthur Fellow David R. Montgomery is an expert on how climate, tectonics, and erosion effect human societies and shape topography. He has published more than 200 scientific papers, four technical books, and is a three-time winner of the Washington State Book Award, for The Rocks Don't Lie, Dirt, and King of Fish. His forthcoming book, The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health, co-authored with his wife, Anne Biklé, will be published in November by W.W. Norton & Co.

Natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides and hurricanes threaten lives and livelihoods across the globe. Presented by the UW Graduate School, UW Alumni Association and the UW College of the Environment, Surviving Disaster: Natural Hazards and Resilient Communities explores the latest developments in social and natural science helping us prepare for, respond to and survive environmental disasters, wherever they strike. See all lectures.

For more information, contact the UW Alumni Association at 206-543-0540 or uwalumni@uw.edu.

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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