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Tuesday, October 12 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Worlds in Shadow: The Truths and Myths of Submerged Lands


This program is offered only as a virtual event, with no on-site or in-person participation available. This virtual offering will stream live from the Museum of Science for registrants to enjoy at home. Registrants will receive links to view this program via email within 24 hours of the event start time.

For centuries, we have remained fascinated by the stories of lands lost to the ocean’s surface and history forever. However, the missing pieces of the past have rendered our understanding of these submerged lands incomplete. Are their disappearances based in truth or myth? The ocean’s surface is rising faster than at any time in the last 10,000 years, and understanding the past is crucial to recognizing what lies ahead.

In his new release, Worlds in Shadow: Submerged Lands in Science, Memory and Myth, Patrick Nunn takes readers into the science of submergence—examining the stories, myths, and research to determine which lands may have existed and the impact their disappearance has had on human history. He examines descriptions of recently drowned lands, more ancient lands, and those that exist only in myth to illustrate the role they have played in human evolution and highlight how our ancestors experienced change comparable to today. Worlds in Shadow is both a grounded contribution to the science of submergence and a beacon of hope in a drowning world.

Join us for a special virtual event with Nunn, emphasizing the importance of understanding the submerged lands of the past and uncovering when and where land might disappear in the future.

This program is free, thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.


Online Only


Recommended for: Visitors 18 years of age and older

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Separate ticket required.

Cost: Free with Pre-Registration

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