Artificial Spatter Piles: Constraining cooling and eruption rates in Idaho and on the Moon

Conversation Date: 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PT (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET)
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Volcanic spatter preserves the thermal conditions of its eruption in the shape, size, and texture of the deposit.  Part of NASA's SSERVI team has been experimentally recreating deposits seen at Craters of the Moon in Idaho so we can look at pictures of lunar spatter and hopefully provide eruption temperature, duration, and explosivity of volcanoes in the Marius Hills.

Join Dr. Erika Rader to hear about her work with artificial spatter piles.

Learn more about NASA's SSERVI team here:






Speaker: Dr. Erika Rader is a post-doctoral researcher at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View California.  She got her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Idaho, and she has "worked with science teachers to develop field-based curriculum and activities for K-12 well as interactive lectures that promote comprehension, but also critical thinking related to the role geology has in society."  Read more about her on her personal page:


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