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Helix Los Altos, Nature Gallery co-host happy hour that rocks

Helix Los Altos continues its happy hour series for adults 6-8 p.m. Aug. 22 with “Structure and Formation,” a two-site event co-hosted by Helix and Nature Gallery in collaboration with Silicon Valley Nexus.

Scheduled guests include artist Cris Benton, geologist Naomi Marks and science communicator Nicole Kurtz. They will present projects that explore the Earth’s landscape from the depths of the oceans to its surface.

At Helix, Marks and Kurtz will discuss their work on Expedition 345 at Hess Deep Rift sampling the rapidly formed rocks of the oceanic crust. They will offer insight into the geological processes that form the structure of the Earth.

At Nature Gallery, Benton will present a much-overlooked aspect of the San Francisco Bay: the salt evaporation ponds of the South Bay. Using a kite to fly a radio-controlled camera up to 300 feet, he has photographed the marshlands as they are slowly restored to their natural state following a century of industrial salt production. They are a kaleidoscope of colors, textures and patterns not discernible from the ground. Benton’s photographs have been collected in the book “Saltscapes.”

Participants can begin at either venue – speakers will switch places mid-evening so that visitors at each location can attend both talks. Refreshments will be served.

For reservations, visit meetup.com/svnexus. A $10 contribution is requested.

Helix is located at 316 State St. and Nature Gallery at 296 State St. in Los Altos.

For more information, call 559-0821 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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