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LPI Seminar Series

Effective January 1, 2011, LPI seminars will be held on Fridays.

LPI seminars are held from 3:30–4:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall at USRA, 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, Texas. Refreshments are served at 4:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Nicolas LeCorvec (phone: 281-486-2118; e-mail: lecorvec@lpi.usra.edu) or Paul Byrne (phone: 281-486-2140; e-mail: byrne@lpi.usra.edu). A map of the Clear Lake area (PDF format) is available here. The Acrobat Reader 8.0 is available from Adobe. This schedule is subject to revision.

See also the Rice University Department of Physics and Astronomy Colloquia and the Department of Earth Science Colloquia pages for other space science talks in the Houston area.

July 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014 - Lecture Hall, 3:30 PM

Ross Potter, Lunar and Planetary Institute
Impact Basins and the Moon: Understanding Very Large Crater Formation
Impact basins are the largest type of impact structure in the Solar System, but also the rarest and least understood. The Moon's surface shows evidence of at least 40-50 of these basins (impact structures greater than 300 km in diameter), some of which are fairly well-preserved. Here, numerical modeling is used to investigate the formation and structure of these basins. The modeling constrains impact conditions for two of the largest basins, South Pole-Aitken and Orientale, highlights similarities between basin and smaller-scale crater formation, and demonstrates the great importance of target temperature on the basin formation process.


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