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Terrestrial Planets: The Cratering Process

Dr. Virgil Sharpton

Dr. Virgil L. Sharpton
Senior Staff Scientist

Dr. Sharpton's research focuses on deriving a better understanding of the cratering process and how impact events have shaped the geological evolution of terrestrial planets and the biological evolution of planet Earth. He has taken a multidisciplinary approach over his three-decade-long career. The methods he has used include field validation studies, remote sensing/image processing, synthetic aperture radar (processing and interpretation), geophysical exploration techniques, petrographic microscopy (including universal-stage and refractive index measurements), and instrumental geochemical techniques.

 

He is particularly interested in the new high-resolution data gathered from recent lunar orbital missions. He believes that these resources hold considerable potential for advancing our knowledge of the process
and planetary consequences of hypervelocity impact.

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