CHRISTMAS LECTURES 2010: Mark Miodownik - Why Mountains Are So Small
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Mark Miodownik completes his Christmas Lecture series by asking how big is too big for a glacier, a mountain or a planet?
In 2009 the world's tallest building the Burj Khalifa was opened in Dubai; at almost half a mile high it is an engineering marvel. But will future generations think it puny and laugh at us? Could we build a tower to reach the moon?
In his third lecture Mark Miodownik asks whether this engineering challenge is remotely possible and show that one of the major hurdles is the force that keeps space together – gravity.
The curious way that gravity affects large things is nothing to the effect that time has on them. Not just a few years, or even decades but eons of time. Could this explain why Earth's mountains are small fry compared to other mountains in the universe?
Mark explains why the Earth’s gravity, mantle and atmosphere mean our mountains won’t grow any higher and how sometimes the process of erosion can outstrip geology.
- Professor Mark Miodownik
- London, UK
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- The Theatre
Royal Institution, BBC
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From the very large to the very small, discover why size matters.