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47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

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

IMG 2004 2The 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. 

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GeoTalk: Drilling into the crater...

Sonia 2GeoTalk: Drilling into the crater which contributed to the demise of dinosaurs

Six months ago, somewhere in the tropical waters off the coast of Mexico, scientists began drilling into one of the most iconic geological features on Earth: the Chicxulub crater; the 66 million year old remnants of a deadly asteroid impact, thought to have contributed to the demise of dinosaurs and most other forms of life which inhabited the Earth at the time.

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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]

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Rutgers Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) Book Cliffs, UT Field Trip, May 31-June 6, 2017

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Rutgers Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) Book Cliffs, UT Field Trip, May 31-June 6, 2017 Rutgers EPS Professors Ken Miller and Greg Mountain led 15 graduate students (including student collaborators from Haifa and Dalhousie Universities) on an exploration of the Book Cliffs of Utah and other geological highlights in the Helper/Price, Green River, and Moab areas. We explored “The Birthplace”, not of football but of outcrop sequence and parasequence stratigraphy, pioneered in the 1980’s and 1990’s by Exxon Production Research Company.

Read more: Rutgers Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) Book Cliffs, UT Field Trip, May 31-June 6, 2017