Bridge to Mars:
Planetary Geophysics Lab
Colorado School of Mines
Department of Geophysics
Dept of Geophysics
Green Center, Rm 280K
"If you want to gear the planets that revolve around the Sun, |
We'll do the job up nicely, and we'll only call it fun,
And if you want a bridge to Mars, or a ten-foot shaft to hell,
We're the engineers of a thousand years and we'll do the job right well!"
(Colorado School of Mines "Fight" Song)
Pictured (L-R): Dave Horvath, Hank Cole, Johanna "JJ" Jansen, Jeff Andrews-Hanna, and Stevie Francies
Welcome to the Planetary Geophysics Lab in the Department of Geophysics at the Colorado School of Mines. We focus on the study of the geology, geophysics, and geodynamics of the planets. Active areas of research include the tectonic and geodynamic evolution of Mars, Martian groundwater flow, the crustal structure of Mars and the Moon, and the structure of impact basins.
I am in Green Center room 280K on the Colorado School of Mines campus. Please feel free to drop by and say hello!
NOTE: Interested graduate and undergraduate students should contact me to discuss opportunities in planetary science at Mines, or check here for more information.
TRAVEL SCHEDULE: No updates at this time.
Three puzzles and an enigma: Conjunction of the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, and the Colorado School of Mines "M" on December 1st, 2008. The Moon, Venus, and the moons of Jupiter represent some of the diverse questions in planetary geophysics. The "M" represents one question: What possessed a bunch of geologists and engineers to carry a ton of whitewashed stones up a mountain to build a giant glowing "M" 100 years ago? (Image credit: J. Andrews-Hanna)
NEWS AND NOTES:
7/3/13 Check out Yaser Kattoum's paper in press on the Orientale basin on the Moon in press in Icarus
1/22/13 Big congratulations to Ezgi Karasozen on her succesful MS defense today!
1/8/13 My GRAIL paper on ancient igneuous intrusions on the Moon is now published in Science. Be sure to check out all three GRAIL papers in this issue.
1/7/13 Our analysis of the volcanic history of Olympus Mons is now published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. This was the work of undergraduate interns Ryan Isherwood, JJ Jansen, and Lauren Jozwiak.
12/5/12 See new results from the GRAIL mission in my paper published on-line in Science Express
11/10/12 Check out my new paper in Icarus revealing the origin of the large gravity anomalies in lunar impact basins here
10/4/12 Congrats to Yaser Kattoum for his successful MS defense today!
6/29/12 Check out the highlight of my Valles Marineris papers in Science
6/23/12 Congrats to PGL alum Kelsey Zabrusky on the publcation of her first paper, "Reconstructing the the distribution and depositional history of the sedimentary deposits of Arabia Terra, Mars"
6/20/12 The third and final paper in my series on the formation of Valles Marineris is now published: The formation of Valles Marineris - 3
4/28/12 The first two installments of my Tolkien-esque trilogy of papers on the formation of Valles Marineris are now published in JGR-Planets. This trilogy has it all... a mountain of doom (Tharsis), a ring of power (the dichotomy), only the hobbits are missing.
The formation of Valles Marineris - 1
The formation of Valles Marineris - 2
Stay tuned for the final installment...
4/20/12 Check out my paper with MIT student Junlun Li on the density of Mars' south polar layered deposits here
4/14/12 See my Early Mars Conference abstract with post-doc Alejandro Soto on the formation of the Gale Crater sedimentary deposit at the MSL landing site here
For more news and notes from our group, check out the News page.