Center for Meteorite Studies

w-NakhlaIn addition to studying the Solar System’s smaller bodies, Center personnel study Mars in a number of ways. Director Meenakshi Wadhwa and her research group are interested in deciphering the geologic history and evolution of Mars through trace element and isotopic studies of the Martian meteorites.
 
Wadhwa’s work has particularly focused on determining redox conditions in the mantle and crust on Mars through studies of rare earth element abundances, as well as on understanding the early differentiation history of Mars through investigations of the 146Sm-142Nd and 182Hf-182W short-lived isotope systems in the Martian meteorites.
 
marsPh.D. student Emilie Dunham is measuring the rare earth element (REE) abundance of Martian shergottite meteorites to determine their formational history and the composition of the parent magma.
 
Ph.D. candidate Prajkta Mane is studying the hydrogen isotope composition of Martian meteorites to acquire insight into Martian water reservoirs. These analyses are providing unique insights into the history of water on the surface of Mars and the alteration of the Martian crust.
 
Image credit: NASA, J. Bell and M. Wolff.
 

Comments are closed.

Sign Up for Center Updates!

Be the first to learn about CMS events and news; sign up for email updates here!


Facebook
Twitter
YouTube


Upcoming Events

May 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
April 30, 2017 May 1, 2017 May 2, 2017 May 3, 2017 May 4, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 6, 2017
May 7, 2017 May 8, 2017 May 9, 2017 May 10, 2017 May 11, 2017 May 12, 2017 May 13, 2017
May 14, 2017 May 15, 2017 May 16, 2017 May 17, 2017 May 18, 2017 May 19, 2017 May 20, 2017
May 21, 2017 May 22, 2017 May 23, 2017 May 24, 2017 May 25, 2017

Phoenix Comicon

Phoenix Comicon
May 26, 2017

Phoenix Comicon

Phoenix Comicon
May 27, 2017

Phoenix Comicon

Phoenix Comicon
May 28, 2017

Phoenix Comicon

Phoenix Comicon
May 29, 2017 May 30, 2017 May 31, 2017 June 1, 2017 June 2, 2017 June 3, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to find the answers to the most common questions asked of the Center for Meteorite Studies!


Meteorite of the Month

Katol

May’s meteorite of the month is Katol, an (L6) ordinary chondrite that fell over the town of Katol, in the Nagpur District of India, the afternoon of May 22, 2012. …


Graduate Student Spotlight: Emilie Dunham

Emilie Dunham received her B.S. in Astronomy (with minors in Geology and Physics) from Case Western Reserve University in 2014.  As an undergraduate student, Emilie worked with Dr. Ralph Harvey …


CMS News

Catch up on all the latest news from the Center for Meteorite Studies!