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March 13, 2017

The Basalt of the Earth (and Mars)

Photo credit: USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory.

It could be a while before humans get to Mars to study the planet’s formation. Fortunately, there are places here on Earth with similar geological environments where scientists can learn about the Martian planet. One such destination is the Big Island of Hawaii—that’s where Temple University professor Steven Chemtob studies basaltic rock, lava flows, and other geologic phenomena that hold important clues about Mars’ mysteries.



About the Speaker: Steven Chemtob is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth chemtoband Environmental Science at Temple University. His research group uses spectroscopic, geochemical, and isotopic methods to understand fundamental processes that happen at the surfaces of rocks and minerals in low-temperature aqueous environments. He has a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis.

This month’s Science on Tap is hosted by the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

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