Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Marjorie Chan, University of Utah
Red Rocks from Earth to Mars
Mars is an exciting frontier for sedimentology, with opportunities to discover what might exist within its sedimentary layers and surface landforms. Comparative studies of red rocks on Earth have provided important clues for interpreting the geology on Mars. Small terrestrial concretions (cemented mineral masses) compared with “blueberries” found on the red planet, helped scientists understand past waters on Mars. Other terrestrial examples of soft-sediment deformation and weathering show remarkable similarities to recent satellite and rover imagery from Mars. Studies of sedimentary context on Earth are critical because terrestrial analogs help us interpret depositional and diagenetic processes, as well as determine where habitable environments for life might exist.
This presentation will also include a short discussion on the importance of diversity and inclusion and how Earth science research will change in the future. Fields of sedimentary and planetary geology need multiple perspectives to leverage and employ the power of cyberinfrastructure, where data sharing and data management can open new science discoveries and relationships.
This event will be hosted as a zoom meeting. Link pending.