Science Café Cleveland presents


"Canadian Imports: How Expanding Ice Sheets Influenced Ohio's Settlement, Economy, and Recreation"


MARCH 8, 2010




Dr. John Szabo 

Dept. of Geology & Environmental Science, U. of Akron




Have you ever wondered where those large boulders placed in people’s yards as landscaping came from?  Or, why there are so many nurseries along some of the roads that parallel the Lake Erie shoreline in northeastern Ohio? Why does the Cuyahoga River flow south, do a 180 degree turn, and then flow northward to Cleveland?

These questions and many others can be answered by considering the effects of Ice Age glaciers flowing from Canada into Ohio.  Glaciers influenced transportation routes, types of agriculture, and settlement patterns. Glacial sediments were responsible for the low home density in what is now the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Glaciers melted back from Ohio about 14,000 years ago and will eventually return in the future as part of the natural climatic cycle of the planet.

Come to March's Science Café Cleveland to learn why things are as they are in your own backyard!




Check out these PDFs beforehand to find out more . . .

Ice Age in Ohio

History of Lake Erie




Date: March 8, 2010
Time: Drinks start at 6:30 PM, discussion starts around 7:00 PM
Location: Tasting Room, Great Lakes Brewing Company (2701 Carroll Ave, Cleveland)


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