Geographical and Geological Setting of Korean Peninsula – A Spatial, Temporal and Cultural OverviewExport this event to calendar

Thursday, May 12, 2016 — 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

Wooil M. Moon

Guest Lecture by:

Dr. Wooil Moon, Professor Emeritus in Residence (Geophysics), Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources, at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2 Canada

Abstract

Four thousand years of Korean civilization has roots in the Korean peninsula located in North-East Asia, separated from the continental China by Yalu River on the northwest and by Duman River on the northeast. Most parts of the Korean peninsula are mountainous except the southwest, where agriculture has been the main economic activities during most parts of Korean history.

Geologically, Korean peninsula is located on a relatively stable continental tectonic plate, away from active volcanoes and seismically active earthquake zones. The geological basement of Korean peninsula is made of metamorphic rocks of pre-Cambrian age (app. 40%), igneous rocks of Mesozoic and younger geological age (app. 35%) and sedimentary rocks of geological age ranging from Paleozoic to Quaternary age (app. 25%). Geological setting of the Korean peninsula is in general favorable for mining of several mineral resources, including gold, silver and tungsten, but there are almost no oil and natural gas resources.

The geographical and geological setting has set the stage for the development of Korean civilization, mostly based on agriculture, until 20th century. However, starting from 1960s, Korean industrial revolution has started and overcome most geographically imposed limitations, and Korea has achieved a modern day miracle. Today, Korea is a well-developed industrial nation with leading edge electronic technology and with heavy industries. Currently, Korea is a member of OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) and the G-20 economies.

In this lecture, snap shots of Korea, both in time and space, will be presented with discussion and a Q & A session will follow. 

About the speaker

Wooil M. Moon (IEEE M’71–SM’86–F’03- LF'10) received the B.Sc. degree in geology from the Seoul National University in 1964 and B.A.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, in 1970, the M.Sc. degree from Columbia University, New York, in 1972, and the Ph.D. degree in theoretical geophysics from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, in 1976.

In 1979, he joined the Faculty of Science, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, where he is currently a Professor Emeritus in Residence (satellite geophysics) and a University Senior Scholar. He has participated in the SEASAT (Altimeter) research as a part of the NASA Geodynamics program (Goddard Space Flight Center) and has worked as a PI for numerous science verification projects including ERS-1/2, JERS-1 (Japan), RADARSAT-1(Canada), NASA (JPL) PACRIM AIRSAR, ENVISAT, ALOS-1 and ALOS-2 (Japan), TerraSAR-X(Germany), COSMO-SKYMED (Italy), TanDEM-X (Germany) and RADARSAT-2 (Canada) satellite missions. His research interests include radar altimetry, synthetic aperture radar (SAR) (or Radar remote sensing), polarimetric SAR theory and applications, theoretical geodynamics, remote sensing of geophysical and environmental processes, and spatial data fusion and spatial reasoning.

Dr. Moon is a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) (USA), Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU), Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) (Canada), Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI), and Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG, USA). He has also been an active Council member of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) of UNESCO, UN. He has recently served IEEE GRSS AdCOM as Vice-President (VP) (Publication) and VP (Professional Activities).

He is an elected Founding Member (FM) of Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU) (Canada), an elected Life Fellow of Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) (Korea) and a Life Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (USA).

Registration information:

E-mail EAS@uwaterloo.ca or 519-884-4400  Ext. 28645

Sponsored by:

Renison University CollegeKing Sejong FoundationUniversity of Waterloo

Cost 
Free
Location 
REN - Renison University College
REN 0104
240 Westmount Road North

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G4
Canada

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