Class Presentation Assignments


Geo 286: PLANETARY VOLCANOLOGY

Class Presentation Assignments Semester II - 1999/2000

Listed below are the topics for this semester and the students responsible for the presentation of each topic.

Week 1 - February 3 (Thursday): Introduction to Planetary Volcanism: Jim Head.

Week 2 - February 8th (Tuesday): Earth 1: Sarah Noble and Emily Stewart. Thesis: "Large volcanic outpourings in the past history of Earth have had a profound influence on the atmosphere and the biota."

Week 3 - February 15th (Tuesday): Moon 1: Brian Kortz and Uli Koehler. Thesis: "Volcanic eruption styles on the Moon are essentially the same as those on Earth, but just rearranged a little differently because of the lack of plate tectonics."

Week 4 - February 29th (Tuesday): Moon 2: Jessica Cohen and Jennifer Anderson Thesis: "The wide range of lunar eruption styles can be easily explained as the near-surface manifestation of dikes emplaced from below the crust and lithosphere."

Week 5 - March 9th (Thursday): Mars 1: Patrick Russell and Uli Koehler. Thesis: "The Tharsis volcanic edifices have been incorrectly interpreted as basaltic shield volcanoes and are more likely composite volcanoes (stratovolcanoes)."

Week 6 - March 21st (Tuesday): Mars 2: Jessica Cohen and Brad Thomson. Thesis: "The presence of andesites proves the existence of plate tectonics in the past history of Mars."

Week 7 - April 4th (Tuesday): Mars 3. Kate Fishbaugh and Jennifer Anderson. Thesis: "Gigantic plumes associated with Tharsis created a thermal pulse that released the groundwater that formed the outflow channels."

Week 8 - April 11th (Tuesday): Venus 1: Patrick Russell and Brad Thomson. Thesis: "The sequence of volcanic styles on Venus are best explained by vertical crustal accretion and mantle overturn."

Week 9 - April 18th (Tuesday): Venus 2: Brian Kortz and Kate Fishbaugh. Thesis: "Enhanced effusive volcanic activity on Venus altered the atmosphere sufficiently to influence tectonic deformation style."

Week 10 - April 25th: Complete work on term papers.

Week 11 - May 2nd (Tuesday): Mercury: Emily Stewart and Sarah Noble. Thesis: "The lack of volcanic landforms on Mercury means that basaltic volcanism has not been an important process in its thermal evolution."

Week 12 - May 9th (Tuesday): Term paper presentations and synthesis.