Earth & Planetary Sciences

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    Piscataway, NJ

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Department News

D/V JOIDES Resolution in the Western Pacific, International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 363

Yair1Rutgers is well represented during Expedition 363! From left: Gregory Mountain (Faculty in EPS), Tali Babila (former student in Oceanography, now at University of California, Santa Cruz), Samantha Bova (new Post-Doc in Oceanography), and Yair Rosenthal (Co-Chief Scientist, Faculty in EPS). (Credit: William Crawford & IODP JRSO) [Photo ID: exp363_134]

Yair2    Yair3co ciefs Ann Holbourn and Yair Rosenthal

GeoTalk: Drilling into the crater which contributed to the demise of dinosaurs

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Jill Park Summer Aresty Symposium with Ken Miller and Jim Wright

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Medford Auger project site 2 Medford Transportation Center, Medford, NJ

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The Medford Auger Project (22-26 Aug. 2016) exceeded expectations.  Six sites, 10 holes, and 359 ft of section were successfully cored with excellent recovery (328.65 ft; 91.5% recovery).  Site 6 stands out with the thickest Marlboro Formation (10.5 ft) that was double cored.  We had an overall recovery of 72.6 ft of Marlboro Formation, our target. Weather was spectacular for late Aug.  Seven students worked the sites, with the study of these cores constituting part of L. Podrecca’s Masters thesis.  Study onsite provided an excellent introduction to the geology of the coastal plain for 3 incoming students (Alex Adams, Luca Podrecca, and Mark Yu.  We greatly appreciate the cooperation of Jane and Ed Adams (owners Flora Lea Farm), Elizabeth Poblete and her staff (Medford Transportation and Operations Center), and Richards Parks and his staff (Director of Neighborhood Services) for welcoming us onto their properties.  We thank the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the School of Arts and Sciences for providing partial funding, Tonya Rufus, Ashley Pavlis, and Frank Cocilovo for expediting the contract and insurance, Mike Gagliano (NJGS) for logging, and Pete Chirico and his staff for providing the drillers.  Finally, the coring could not have been done without the cheerful hard work by the USGS drillers, Jeff Grey and Keith Moody, who did an exemplary job.

Kenneth G. Miller, Distinguished Professor
Co-Chair IODP Science Evaluation Panel

47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference


Harrison (Jack) Schmitt, Annette Hilton, Dr. Juliane Gros

Rutgers planetary science research was well represented at the 47th Lunar and Planetary ScienceConference (LPSC) held from 3/21-3/25. The Rutgers group presented a total of ten papers (two oral presentations and eight posters). This does not include the three papers that Rodger Hewins and Bridget Zanda were authors/co-authors on (Roger continues to list Rutgers as a co-affiliation.) So over all, thirteen papers were presented with Rutgers authors onmasthead. 

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