Laura Crossey - UNM

Chasing Helium: Mantle-to-Surface Connections to Water Quality and Geomicrobiology

The discovery of oceanic black (and white) smokers revolutionized our understanding of mid-ocean ridges and led to the recognition of new organisms and ecosystems resulting from mixing of fluids. Continental smokers, defined here to include a broad range of carbonic springs, hot springs, and fumaroles that vent mantle-derived fluids in continental settings, exhibit many of the same processes of heat and mass transfer and ecosystem niche differentiation.

Special Lecture: Climate Symposium

Title:
Habitability of M star planets: the next trillion years.

Abstract:
Unlike G stars such as the Sun, M stars can live practically forever on the Main Sequence, and evolve very little during that time. Does that mean that M star planets that are able to retain or regenerate a suitable atmosphere have an almost unlimited time for complex live to emerge? In this lecture, I will discuss the factors that ultimately limit the lifespan of habitability for planets orbiting M stars. Many of the same considerations apply to K star planets as well.

Gwenn Flowers

Weekly talks given by leading thinkers in the areas of geology, geophysics, geobiology, geochemistry, atmospheric science, oceanography, climatology, and planetary science. Lectures take place on Wednesdays from 3:45pm in MIT Building 54 room 915, unless otherwise noted.

Reika Yokochi

Weekly talks given by leading thinkers in the areas of geology, geophysics, geobiology, geochemistry, atmospheric science, oceanography, climatology, and planetary science. Lectures take place on Wednesdays from 3:45pm in MIT Building 54 room 915, unless otherwise noted.

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