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Tuesday Nerd Talk - Parting the Red Sea

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Powder Keg Brewing


Exodus 14 describes Moses and the Israelites escaping from Egypt through the Red Sea, as the waters miraculously divide to let them pass. The pursuing chariot squadron of Pharaoh is drowned when they try to pursue. Scientists since 1879 have recognized that the ancient narrative sounds like a meteorological phenomenon known as "wind setdown," which is the opposite of storm surge. In 2008 Carl Drews decided to research the reported event with a modern ocean model, as part of his Master's Thesis at the University of Colorado. Under certain configurations of wind, water, and river channels within the Nile delta - it works! The simulated waters part to expose dry land for 4 hours, allowing Moses and company just barely enough time to make it across to safety. Join us at the Powder Keg Brewery for an exciting evening of terrified refugees, angry chariot drivers, Bronze Age topography, walls of water, and Biblical interpretation.

Carl Drews holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Master's Degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He works as a Software Engineer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.

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