Mensa tour of Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

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On April 28, the San Francisco chapter of Mensa toured the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center with research geologist Curt Storlazzi (also a Mensa member) and acting deputy director Nadine Golden.

Storlazzi gave the visitors an overview of the Center and showed them short videos about our scientists and their research: “Running Rivers,” “Hatching an Engineer,” and “What’s Drifting Beneath Kauai’s Ocean.” Next the group toured labs, where they viewed Jim Hein’s deep-ocean mineral samples and Nancy Prouty’s deep- and shallow-water coral samples. At the Marine Facility, Storlazzi showed the visitors vessels and field gear, highlighting instruments designed by Center staff, such as a towed camera sled, a radon-detection buoy, a video shoreline-imaging system, and a “beachball” camera system for analyzing grain size.

In a room with various charts and posters on the walls, people stand facing a man who is holding an object and talking.

Curt Storlazzi holds a slab of coral collected off Kauai, Hawaiʻi, for a study of factors affecting coral reef health.

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