Geosciences e-news | February/March 2017


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Spencer Titley Lunar Maps and News Clippings on Display

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Lunar maps created by Professor Spencer Titley in the 1960's and news clippings about the maps and Titley's work with US astronauts from the same era are now displayed on the fifth floor of the Gould-Simpson Building. A clipping dated April 22, 1964, quotes Titley: "I figure my work, which began last summer, keeps us in contact with the Apollo project."

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Stuart Thomson Studies One of Earth’s Last Unexplored Frontiers

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Research scientist Stuart Thomson is leading an NSF-funded research team to study the landscape of Antarctica—a landscape that is hidden by ice, making it less well known to us than the surface of Mars. The program, East Antarctic Glacial Landscape Evolution (EAGLE): A Study using Combined Thermochronology, Geochronology and Provenance Analysis, is a collaboration among four US universities as well as international collaboration between the US and Germany. It includes two graduate students and two undergraduate students, and a two-week open workshop will give ten students the opportunity to conduct analytical work and training on Antarctic-based projects.

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Christopher Harig Receives NASA Earth Surface and Interior Program Grant

 Christopher Harig stands in a snow covered field
Assistant Professor Christopher Harig has been awarded a three-year, $460,000 grant from NASA’s Earth Surface and Interior program for his project, “Determining Earth Structure from the Local Dynamic Geoid."

The main goal of the project is to study regional differences in the strength of the upper mantle by linking regional mantle dynamics to the gravity field. Dr. Harig’s research group at the UA studies ice mass losses from ice sheets like Antarctica. Antarctica is still uplifting in response to the most recent deglaciation (~20 kya). Understanding the strength of the mantle and having a better model of this deformation will let us better estimate ice losses happening today.

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March 29
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