Gary Griggs: Perils in Paradise

A Brief History of Geology and Natural Disasters in Santa Cruz

“The history of the Earth, like the life of a soldier, consists of long periods of boredom separated by short intervals of terror.” ~Derek Ager

Santa Cruz is just an adolescent in geologic time. We are surrounded by a landscape that is constantly changing, whether the coastline, the stream valleys or the hillsides. The region has a long history of natural disasters, whether earthquakes, floods, hillside failures or coastal erosion, although we tend to suffer from collective amnesia and quickly forget the disasters of the past. What does our past tell us about the future and is there any safe place to live in paradise?

Presented by:
Gary Griggs
Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Director, Institute of Marine Sciences, UCSC
(Museum Member advance sale ticket price: $10)

Show time: 7:00 PM     
Tickets: $15Gen, $30 Gold Circle     
Advance tickets: and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 East Cliff Dr