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POSTPONED - Just how on Earth do we know what Mars is made of?

Presented by Geoscience Society of New Zealand President - Associate Professor James Scott (University of Otago)

Mars is the 4th planet from the Sun, and there are three missions en route. What are these missions hoping to find? What do we already know about Mars? Could there be life on the planet? Did you know that there are Martian rocks on Earth? I will talk on these topics, as well as highlight some similarities and differences of Mars with Earth. I will also bring some Martian rocks for show and tell.

This is part of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand President’s lecture tour.


James has undertaken university and industry-based research from New Zealand’s Sub-Antarctic Islands, to the Pacific Islands, to central Europe. His research involves examination of shallow Earth processes from mineralisation to environmental studies. He has recently undertaken research projects on the evolution of Earth’s mantle to the formation of the solar nebula, largely from a high temperature geochemical perspective.

Date Tuesday, 8 September 2020
Time 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience Public
Event Category Sciences
Event Type Departmental Seminar
Public Lecture
LocationDepartment of Geology, University of Otago (room TBC)

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