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Join us for this exciting presentation by David Owen Brown. 

Water Travels

Join underwater filmmaker/photographer David Owen Brown on a visual voyage through the world’s waterways.  From pole-to-pole and throughout the tropics, from faraway seas to jungle rivers, Brown’s cameras have recorded the wealth of wildlife and cultures that thrive wherever there is water.  He weaves these experiences into a visual narrative of global travels, returning to the lush aquascape of the Finger Lakes where he was raised.  The presentation is designed to illustrate the connections we all share via water, providing unique amphibious perspectives on the vibrant and vital waterways of New York.

David Owen Brown works worldwide as a producer, videographer, photographer and lecturer, specializing in water-related subjects.  He holds degrees from Cornell University and the Brooks Institute of Photography.  His work has aired on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, Discovery Channel and National Geographic television. His award-winning photography has appeared in numerous exhibits and publications, including imagery for the Smithsonian's Ocean Planet and Ocean Hall, and the American Museum of Natural History’s Water display. He has authored numerous articles, two children's books and served as a consultant for the National Geographic book, "The World's Wild Shores." As a member of the Cousteau team, Mr. Brown participated in filming expeditions with the vessels Calypso and Alcyone over seven years, exploring above and below water environments from Papua New Guinea to Alaska. He also designed a Cousteau Society lecture program about marine and freshwater environments, which he presented at universities, trade associations and aboard cruise vessels around the world. Brown left The Cousteau Society to begin Passage Productions, a documentary film company and stock house. He conceived and produced the first live, interactive audio/video broadcast from underwater onto the Internet and has created cutting-edge interactive programming for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Sanctuary Program, GTE and others. Mr. Brown has documented Humpback whales and submarine lava flows off Hawaii, Great White Sharks and Leafy Sea Dragons off South Australia, Killer whales feeding on sharks off Papua New Guinea and Narwhals off Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic.  He documented environmental events such as the 1989 oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. He also filmed the discovery of the sunken submarine INS Dakar, subject of a National Geographic special. Mr. Brown recently completed work on a NOAA sponsored touring museum exhibit tracing the path of water from inland to ocean, and is in production on a film about the link between fisheries and ecosystems in the Gulf of Maine. Another project in production involves underwater documentation of the Finger Lakes region of New York, made possible by grant from the Park Foundation. Mr. Brown is one of forty nationwide recipients of the Audubon/Toyota Together Green Conservation Leader Fellowship award for 2012.

What is a Kettle Lake?
Onondaga and Cortland Counties, are unique and beautiful regions in central New York. One of the defining characteristics is the presence of several kettle-hole or kettle lakes. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the area was formed by the advancing and retreating of glacial ice during the last glacial period in North America.  To the west of us, the same glacial process formed the Finger Lakes. The process here, however, caused smaller holes to be formed when huge chunks of ice broke off the glacier. These holes, or “kettles” were then buried by till[1] as the glacier receded. When these ice chunks melted, the depression remained.  
    Each kettle lake has its own unique properties. Some have natural or created outlets, while others are landlocked. All of these lakes are, however, connected to the surficial aquifer. A surficial aquifer is generally defined by the USGS, as an “unconfined, shallow aquifer system, recharged by rainfall and leakage from surface water bodies.”

    The glaciers also formed the Valley Heads Moraine, an area of sand and gravel deposited when the retreating ice paused. The moraine runs east

to west and separates the Tully Valley to the north from the Tioughnioga Valley to the south. This moraine also forms the surface water divide for the St. Lawrence River drainage (north) and the Susquehanna River drainage (south).[2]  

[1] sediment of various particle sizes deposited by the direct action of ice


[2] Information from USGS 

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