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Climate Change, Sea Levels and Prehistoric OC

Sept. 19, 2013

Climate, sea levels and the region's prehistoric history are the focus of upcoming events hosted by the John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center, a partnership between Cal State Fullerton and Orange County Parks. Among the programs:

Thursday, Sept. 26

"Climate Change in Southern California: What It Is and What We Can Do About It"
Matthew Kirby, Cal State Fullerton associate professor of geological sciences; Jere Lipps, director of the Cooper Center; and Linda Marsa, a contributing editor at Discover magazine and author of the new book "Fevered," will discuss global warming, what happens when it occurs, and how it's expected to affect our lives, water supply and public health.

The 7 p.m. lecture, part of an ongoing series of lectures co-sponsored by Orange County Parks, will be held at the Old County Courthouse, 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd. in Santa Ana.

Saturday, Oct. 12

"Prehistoric OC"
In celebration of International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day, Cooper Center hosts "Prehistoric OC," a family festival providing opportunities to learn more about Orange County's history and prehistory, culture and science.

Scheduled speakers and demonstrations:

  • "Volcanoes" by David Bowman, CSUF professor of geological sciences
  • "Native American Storytelling" by Jacque Nunez of San Juan Capistrano-based Journeys to the Past
  • "Kids vs. Global Warming, iMatter Campaign" with Rebecca Chung and Lorenzo De la Rama

A Junior Scientist Camp featuring

  • Archaeology and paleontology sandbox digs
  • Make your own fossil
  • Native American rock art
  • Paleontology expedition through time
  • Make your own shell necklace
  • Prehistoric freeze dance
  • What Was It Like in a Wikiup?
  • Great White shark vs. Megalodon shark
  • Native American rattle making

Members of the Kizh Nation-Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians, Jacque Nunez of Journeys to the Past and Craig Torres of the Gabrielino Tongva tribe will offer insight into regional Native American cultures.

Food vendors will be selling such items as Indian fry bread, barbecue and Mexican food.

Other participants include: Coast Live Oak School, Pacific Coast Archaeological Society, California State Fullerton's Geological Science Department, Fossils in Your Backyard, Fullerton Arboretum, Kids vs. Global Warming, Destiny Colocho, OC Parks and Jurassic Con (featuring movie memorabilia from the films "Jurassic Park" and "Indiana Jones").

The 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. program, hosted in collaboration with OC Parks, will be held at Ralph B. Regional Park in Buena Park. During the festivities, the park's Los Coyotes Paleontology Museum will host guided tours to showcase its county fossil collection and there will be a working laboratory where visitors can watch paleontologists and archaeologists in action.

For more information, visit the Prehistoric OC or call 714-647-2100.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

"The Attacking Ocean: Sea Levels Past and Future"
Brian Fagan, professor of archeology emeritus at UC Santa Barbara and a renowned archeological generalist who was written 46 books and more than 100 papers, will provide insight into the world of the sunken lands and the inexorably rising ocean. He will discuss mega storms and sea surges, as well as information on the vulnerability and potentially catastrophic disasters that may confront millions living near sea level.

The 6 p.m. lecture will be held at the Old County Courthouse, 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd. in Santa Ana.

For more information, visit the Cooper Center website.

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