LPL Evening Lecture Series: Dr. Lynn Carter

An Underground Look at Mars Climate and Evolution

Dr. Lynn Carter
Associate Professor
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

An Underground Look at Mars Climate and Evolution

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft has a long wavelength radar instrument (called SHARAD) that penetrates through hundreds of meters to a kilometer of rock and ice to image layering in the subsurface. SHARAD data have revealed complex layering in the icy Mars polar caps, discovered mid-latitude ice deposits, mapped hundreds-of-kilometer long lava flow interfaces beneath the Martian plains, and have been used to determine the composition of some of the lavas erupted from the large Tharsis volcanoes. This unique view of Martian stratigraphy provides clues as to how the Martian climate has changed through time.

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This event is free and open to the public. All lectures will take place in the University of Arizona Kuiper Space Sciences Lecture Hall, room 308. The building is located at 1629 E. University Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Parking in university surface parking lots is free after 5 p.m. Please be careful not to park in service or reserved spaces. Metered street parking is also available at no cost after 5 p.m. Parking in the Cherry Avenue Garage is available after 5 p.m. at a cost of $1.00 per hour.

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October 04, 2017 7:00pm to 8:00pm