Research at the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences examines everything from the earth's core, mantle, and crust to the outposts of the solar system.
Division faculty are leaders in earthquake studies; have determined the first reliable values of the age of the earth, the moon, and meteorites; worked out the geological history of western North America; deciphered the record of the earth's climate from studies of tree rings and glaciers; perfected isotopic tracers and high-pressure laboratory techniques that indicate how magmas form on the earth and the moon; showed that surface waters penetrate deep into the crust and extensively interact with magma bodies; and, using theoretical studies and data from spacecraft missions, have been largely responsible for our present understanding of the origin of planetary surfaces and atmospheres, satellites, rings, comets, asteroids, and the interplanetary plasma.
The Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences was established in 1926.
Jennifer Jackson has been name Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America. Members who have contributed significantly to the advancement of mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry, petrology, or allied sciences and whose scientific contribution utilized mineralogical studies or data
John Grotzinger has been selected to accept a NASA Group Achievement Award on behalf of the MSL Science Office Development and Operations Team. John has also been selected to receive the NASA Outstanding Public Leadership Medal for outstanding leadership as the Project Scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory Project
Last updated December 10, 2013 10:20 by Lisa Christiansen