The world of the Permian Period

Red Rock State Park

Sunday, May 5, 2019   2 p.m.

The world of the PERMIAN Period (300 to 250 million years ago) would look quite alien to a modern observer. Most of the continents were together in a great landmass called Pangea. Reptiles and amphibians were the dominant land vertebrates, because dinosaurs and mammals would not appear for tens of millions of years. The young Appalachian Mountains had recently been created by continental collisions, but the birth events of the Rockies, Alps, and Himalayas were far in the future. Sedona sat near the equator as our famous Red Rocks were being formed. The Permian ended with the greatest extinction event in the history of the planet. Our session will look, in brief overview, at the Earth during that fascinating time.

Ken Bork taught geology, with a concentration on the history of the Earth and its life forms, for many years. His Ph.D. is in Geology, specializing in paleontology. Current research focuses on the history of geology, but his publications include reconstructions of ancient geological environments, including Permian events.

This lecture is included with regular park entrance fees $7.00 per adult (14+), $4.00 per youth (7-13). However, reservations are required; please call (928) 282-6907 to reserve your seats in the theater.