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UI Museum of Natural History presents Nov. 18 lecture on meteorites

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will present a 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 slide and lecture program, "When the Sky Fell: Iowa's Modern and Ancient Records of Meteorites" by Cornell College geology professor Paul Garvin in Room 112 of Macbride Hall on the UI campus.

Garvin, whose talk will include the accounts of terrified eyewitnesses and tales of greedy scientists chasing after meteorite fragments, is the author of a new book, Iowa's Minerals, published by the University of Iowa Press. He notes that three of the eight largest impacts recorded in the United States occurred in Iowa between 1875 and 1890.

The program, a part of the "Afternoon With a Scientist" lecture series, is free and open to the public. For further information or to be placed on the Museum of Natural History mailing list, call David Brenzel, program coordinator, at 319-335-0482.