Tellus offers great speakers and events on topics ranging from astronomy to paleontology. Below is a list of the upcoming speakers. All lectures are free for members and included in the cost of museum admission for non-members. Galleries will remain open until 9 PM.
Mining in Bartow County Geology: the History and Future
Friday, February 28
With a remarkable history and promising future, Bartow County’s splendid geologic setting has enabled the area to have a major impact in industrial minerals production which will continue for scores of years to come. Stan Bearden will give a generalized explanation of the county’s geology with elaboration specific to mine activity and reclamation in an engaging and entertaining fashion. Stan has worked in sixteen states and six foreign countries. He is certified in Georgia as a Professional Geologist, and works as Vice President of Operations at New Riverside Ochre Company, Inc., a hundred-year-old company located in Cartersville, Georgia.
|The Groundwater Resources in Georgia
Dr. Jim Kennedy
Friday March 21
State geologist Dr. Jim Kennedy will discuss the science and geology of one of Georgia’s most precious assets—its groundwater. Dr. Kennedy will discuss how his research helped him determine the amount of groundwater available in Georgia, and how this helped the state develop plans for protecting and preserving this resource. Come hear Dr. Kennedy share his experiences in water management during his 25 year career in hydrogeology, the science of groundwater.
The Hope Diamond
Friday April 18
It has been described as the “most famous diamond in the world”! The Hope Diamond is a large 45.52-carat deep-blue diamond now housed in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. It is most notoriously known for supposedly being cursed. Come and hear a fascinating lecture from visiting scientist, Dr. Jeff Post who is a geologist and Curator-in-Charge of Mineral Collections for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
*Please note, members-only observatory viewing will be from 5 – 10PM.