27 February: Greetings from Delhi – 2014 GSA Distinguished International Lecture Tour

2/27/14

The University of Delhi is a composed of nearly 80 colleges and serves hundreds of thousands of students.  My talk was coordinated to coincide with India’s national science day that is celebrated on the birthdate of Nobel Laureate Dr. C.V. Raman.

delhi intro

Over 300 students, faculty, and scientists attended, and had many great comments and questions.

I enjoyed talking with many students at University of Delhi, and especially encouraging the few women geology students.
I enjoyed talking with many students at University of Delhi, and especially encouraging the few women geology students.

women students

After a traditional lunch with the kebabs that Delhi is known for, we visited the Red Fort with massive walls of Proterozoic Vindhyan red sandstone.  The Red Fort was built by Shah Jahan, who also built the Taj Mahal.

The Lahore Gate at the Red Fort, where India's flag was first raised after independence in 1947.
The Lahore Gate at the Red Fort, where India’s flag was first raised after independence in 1947.
Some of the Vindhyan sandstone of Red Fort is intricately carved.
Some of the Vindhyan sandstone of Red Fort is intricately carved.

Another city attraction is Raj Ghat – Mahatma Ghandi’s cremation site.

A flame burns at Raj Ghat – Mahatma Ghandi's cremation site.
A flame burns at Raj Ghat – Mahatma Ghandi’s cremation site.

India has been fantastic and I almost hate to see my time here end.  Every place I have visited I have been warmly welcomed and treated so graciously.  Geoscience brings us together from many different places and cultures.

Margie

2 thoughts on “27 February: Greetings from Delhi – 2014 GSA Distinguished International Lecture Tour

  1. Wow!! What a spectacular gathering of fellow geoscientists full of enthusiasm and excitement! Margie – you are striking gold. Along with fantastic geology program, New Delhi is very well-known for scrumptious Moghul food like Kebab, Biriani, Parata, etc. I was in New Delhi in 1981 and had a chance to experience the hospitality and professionalism from the people. I am glad that you were able to sample rich culture and food as well. Naz

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