Science and Mathematics

Fire and Ice: Subaerial Seafloor Spreading in Iceland

January 23, 2020 at 4:00pm5:00pm

Heroy Geology Laboratory, 113

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The Department of Earth Sciences presents the K.D. Nelson Lecture Series featuring Jeffrey Karson, Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University.

The focus of Professor Karson’s research is structural and tectonic analysis of rift and transform plate boundaries. Investigations of continental extensional terranes, rifted continental margins, Iceland and mid-ocean ridges provide overlapping perspectives on crustal accretion across a spectrum of environments dominated by magmatic construction and mechanical deformation. He uses outcrop-scale data collected from a wide range of research approaches including field geology, drone imaging, and seafloor investigations using submarines, ROV’s, and AUV’s to constrain larger-scale tectonic processes. The cross-pollination of data and processes from different environments helps to provide a more comprehensive understanding of crustal accretion on Earth and other planetary bodies.

This event was first published on January 17, 2020 and last updated on February 4, 2020.


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