Entries by Linda Welzenbach

EPSL: How to make porphyry copper deposits

Much of the world’s economic copper resources are hosted in porphyry copper deposits (PCDs), shallow level magmatic intrusions associated mostly with thick (>45km) magmatic arcs, such as mature island arcs and continental arcs. However, a well-known, but unresolved paradox, is that arc magmas traversing thick crust, particularly in continental arcs, are generally depleted in Cu […]

Bally Alumni Gabor Tari wins AAPG Ambassador Service Award

From AAPG Explorer (December 2019):  Gabor Tari is the recipient of the Vlastimila “Vlasta” Dvořáková International Ambassador Service Award. This award is given to those who have promoted growth and awareness of the AAPG organization internationally, outside the United States, and created opportunities for the Association to reach a wider audience of geoscientists worldwide. Tari is […]

Climate prompts change at Rice

MIKE WILLIAMS– DECEMBER 3, 2019 Houston’s status as the energy capital of the world, as well as its exposure to extreme flooding events in recent years, makes it a prime location for environmental studies, according to Rice University researchers. Photo by LithiumAneurym/Wikipedia Task force eyes way to coordinate environmental initiatives, research Houston is a unique […]

Martha Lou Broussard Wins Prestigious AAPG Award

Martha Lou Broussard is this year’s recipient of the AAPG Halbouty Outstanding Leadership Award, a very high honor. Martha Lou has played a key role in the success of AAPG and our own EEPS.  She was the first woman to graduate from our department. She played key roles in AAPG and established the AAPG student […]

Breathing? Thank volcanoes, tectonics and bacteria

JADE BOYD, RICE NEWS – DECEMBER 2, 2019 Study points to one cause for several mysteries linked to breathable oxygen Earth’s breathable atmosphere is key for life, and a new study suggests that the first burst of oxygen was added by a spate of volcanic eruptions brought about by tectonics. The evolution of life as depicted […]

Telecom cables offer undersea seismic-sensing bonanza

MIKE WILLIAMS – NOVEMBER 28, 2019 Cutting-edge tech comes to new Rice lab on heels of Science study Undersea telecommunications cables that connect the continents may help measure earthquakes and detect other seismic events, according to a newly published paper based on research conducted by a Rice University professor and his colleagues. But proof that the […]

Richard Gordon, W.M. Keck Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences is elected AAAS fellow

JADE BOYD – NOVEMBER 26, 2019 Richard Gordon is honored by scientific society Richard Gordon AAAS fellows are elected by their peers, and Gordon and Miranda are among 443 new fellows announced this week by the 120,000-member association. Fellows are selected for scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Gordon, the W.M. Keck Professor of […]

CLEVER Planets Rajdeep Dasgupta publishes a book on carbon

By Mejs Hasan Clever Planets Website, Education & Outreach Coordinator One of the main tasks of CLEVER Planets is to study how elements like carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and others ended up on Earth. And not just ended up on Earth, but in places on Earth where they could be accessed by emerging life-forms that must […]

The ‘universal break-up criterion’ of hot, flowing lava

JADE BOYD – AUGUST 30, 2019 Thomas Jones’ “universal break-up criterion” won’t help with meltdowns of the heart, but it will help volcanologists study changing lava conditions in common volcanic eruptions. Long Description Thomas Jones is a Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in Rice University’s Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences. (Photo courtesy of T. Jones) […]