Banda Arc field work begins. Dr. Miller, Dr. West, and Dr. Becker will incorporate the analysis of Earth processes across a wide range of spatial scales - the uplift and erosion of the surface will be linked to the internal strength of the crust, which in turn will be linked to the large-scale flow of the underlying mantle. Follow their blog.
Moroccan mountains float on molten rock.
Lead author Meghan Miller and co-author Thorsten Becker, show that the mountains are floating on a layer of hot molten rock that flows beneath the region’s lithosphere, perhaps all the way from the volcanic Canary Islands, just offshore northwestern Africa. The paper was published by Geology on Jan. 1 and highlighted by Nature Geoscience. Full Article | Published Paper.
Winner of a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, USC Dornsife’s Thorsten Becker will continue research into the science — and sound — of earthquakes. His research seeks to help scientists understand where fault ruptures originate.Full Article
Shaking it up in Morocco. Led by Meghan Miller, earth sciences brings USC Dornsife students to Morocco to research the tectonic and geologic history of the land and collect seismometers deployed throughout rural areas. Full Article.
Along the River Route - In a canoe, Sarah Feakins , Josh West, and Camilo Ponton and their team negotiated a river through the lush rainforest in Peru to study the erosive processes that carry Andean sediments and organic carbon down toward the sea. Read the full article
Daoyuan Sun receives Postdoctoral Scholar Research Grant
Hannah Liddy awarded a Schlanger Ocean Drilling Fellowship
Tom Jordan receives AGI’s 2012 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Understanding of the Geosciences