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Museum’s Science Café highlights groundwater, ‘sinkhole events’


The City of Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science (MONAS) and Sigma Xi present “Science Café – Understanding groundwater and surface interactions through lake sinkhole events,” with guest speaker Ming Ye, Ph.D., the city said in a news release.

The Zoom presentation will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. To join, visit zoom.us and enter ID 87020967815 or call 575-522-3120 for a link to the program.

“Groundwater and surface water interactions in areas with underlying limestone, also known as karst areas, have a unique feature that allows surface water to directly recharge a confined aquifer through karst features such as sinkholes and conduits,” the news release said. “As a result, groundwater and surface water interactions in karst areas are highly dynamic. Dive into two lake sinkhole events where lake water first drained into sinkholes at lake beds, flowed in conduits of karst aquifers, and may have discharge at karst springs that are connected to the karst conduits.”

Ming Ye is a professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science and the Department of Scientific Computing at Florida State University. His research interests are groundwater numerical modeling, uncertainty assessment, karst hydrogeology and environmental data science, the city said.

MONAS, 411 N. Main St. downtown, is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 1.

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