Durham lecture to focus on mapping the source of the Amazon

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On Tuesday, July 22 at noon in the College of Nursing, Room 1010, Andrew Johnston from the Smithsonian Institute will discuss an expedition that resulted in the mapping of the source of the Amazon River.

For centuries, explorers tried to find the most distant source of the Amazon River. In July 2000, a Smithsonian-National Geographic expedition using advanced equipment set out for southern Peru where they surveyed several high altitude streams that feed into the Amazon, thus pinpointing the river’s source.

Join the Durham Museum for another scholar lecture on the UNMC campus to learn about mapping the source of the Amazon.

On Tuesday, July 22 at noon, Andrew Johnston from the Smithsonian Institute will explain how the expedition determined the river’s source in the ice-covered mountain peaks of Peru, and describes the results of mapping the most remote part of the world’s largest river system.

The lecture will take place in the College of Nursing’s Room 1010 and is offered through the Time Travelers partnership, which provides free museum admission for medical center employees, students and their immediate family with valid UNMC identification. The partnership also offers lectures, workshops and other events on the medical center campus.

Employees are encouraged to bring their lunch.

An evening lecture is also scheduled at the museum at 6:30 p.m. that day in the Stanley and Dorothy Truhlsen Lecture Hall. Seating for lecture is limited so reservations are required. To reserve seats, please call 402-444-5071. The Durham Museum is at 801 S. 10th St., in Omaha.

If you would like to receive updates on upcoming museum partnership events, please e-mail Jill Carson at jlcarson@unmc.edu.