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Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus Terry Wallace will discuss the cosmic and tectonic journey made by the metal gold in three Frontiers in Science public lectures beginning Monday.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus Terry Wallace will discuss the cosmic and tectonic journey made by the metal gold in three Frontiers in Science public lectures beginning Monday in Albuquerque. 

"Gold is one of the most fascinating of the 4,500 mineral species on Earth, and no mineral (or metal) evokes more emotion," Wallace said. "But it also has an incredible scientific story: a gold nugget is made of material that was not born in our planet or even our solar system."

Titled "Gold: from the Big Bang to the Amazon forest," the talks will discuss how the metal was created, how it came to be found on Earth, and the spell it has cast over humankind.

All Frontiers in Science presentations begin at 7 p.m. and are free to the public.

The lectures are:

* Monday at Explora, 1701 Mountain Road, NW, Albuquerque

* Wednesday at the Jemez Rooms, Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe

* Thursday at the Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Drive, Los Alamos

The lectures are sponsored by the Fellows of Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Frontiers in Science lecture series is intended to increase local public awareness of the diversity of science and engineering research at the laboratory.

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