Workshop on the Chronology of Meteorites and the Early Solar System (MetChron 2007), November 5-7, 2007, Kauai, HI

Workshop on the Chronology of Meteorites and the Early Solar System (MetChron 2007)

First Announcement — February 2007


Lunar and Planetary Institute
National Aeronautics and Space
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
NASA Mars Program Office

University of Hawai'i at Manoa
    (Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics
    and Planetology, School of
    Ocean and Earth Science and
    Technology, and the Institute
    for Astronomy)

Joel Baker,
   Victoria University of
   Wellington, New Zealand

Martin Bizzarro,
   Geological Institute, Denmark
Klaus Keil,
   University of Hawai'i
Alexander N. Krot,
   University of Hawai'i
Edward R. D. Scott,
   University of Hawai'i


Francis Albarede,
   Ecole Normale Superieure,

Yuri Amelin,
   Geological Survey of Canada
Martin Bizzarro,
   Geological Institute, Denmark
Marc Chaussidon,
   CRPG-SNRS, France
Harold Connolly,
   Kingsborough College-
   City College of New York

Andrew Davis,
   University of Chicago
Gary Huss,
   University of Hawai'i
Klaus Keil,
   University of Hawai'i
Alexander Krot,
   University of Hawai'i
Frank Podosek,
   Washington University
Bo Reipurth,
   University of Hawai'i
Edward R. D. Scott,
   University of Hawai'i
Meenakshi Wadhwa,
   Arizona State University


  The Workshop on the Chronology of Meteorites and the Early Solar System will be held November 5–7, 2007, at the Sheraton Kauai Resort, 2440 Hoonani Road, Poipu Beach, Koloa, Hawaii (800-782-9488).

Poipu Beach, located on Kauai's southern coastline, was recently named America's Best Beach by the Travel Channel, ranking top among the ten "best" beaches selected nationwide. For maps, information, and activities at Poipu Beach, go to


Date:  November 5–7, 2007
Location:  Kauai, Hawai'i


  This interdisciplinary meeting is aimed at understanding the chronology of the processes in the early solar system as revealed by meteorites. This includes the astrophysical setting of solar system formation, the origin of short-lived radioisotopes, and the chronology of nebular and asteroidal processes: formation of chondrules, refractory inclusions and matrices of primitive chondrites, timing of accretion and thermal processing (aqueous alteration, thermal metamorphism, and igneous differentiation) of asteroids and comets. The workshop will review recent advances in long-lived isotopes and short-lived isotopes such as 26Al-26Mg, 60Fe-60Ni, 10Be-10B, 41Ca-41K, 182Hf-182W, 53Mn-53Cr with the goal of reconciling long-lived and short-lived isotope chronologies, as well as potential chronological significance of O-isotopes. The workshop will also address technical aspects (i.e., limitations, advantages, precision, accuracy, interlaboratory calibration) of various analytical techniques used in cosmochronology such as LA-MC-ICPMS, MC-ICPMS, SIMS, and TIMS. An important goal of the workshop is to identify outstanding questions and establish future research directions.




  The three-day meeting will largely consist of invited talks with a small number of contributed talks and a poster session. The workshop proceedings will be published as review papers or regular articles in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. All papers will be subject to the normal GCA review process.

A welcome reception will be held after registration check-in on Sunday, November 4.



  The workshop will honor the outstanding contributions of C. J. Allegre, G. W. Lugmair, L. E. Nyquist, D. A. Papanastassiou, and G. J. Wasserburg to our understanding of the chronology of the early solar system. Their achievements will be honored with a reception and invited talks.




  The Sheraton Kauai Resort is holding a block of 75 rooms for this meeting. A special daily rate of $150.00 plus applicable taxes (7.25% hotel occupancy tax and 4.16% state excise tax), single or double occupancy, for a garden-view room will be available for three days prior and three days after the meeting dates. (Note: The 2007 GSA rate for lodging on Kauai is $188.00).

An ocean-front guest room is available for a daily rate of $250.00 plus applicable taxes.

There is no charge for children 18 years and younger when they share a room with parent(s) and utilize existing beds. There will be an additional charge of $50.00 plus tax for a third or fourth adult (18 years or older) in a room. A maximum of four adults is allowed per room.

Check-in time is 3:00 p.m.; check-out time is noon. Guests arriving prior to check-in will be accommodated as rooms become available. The hotel will accommodate late check-outs subject to space availability.

To ensure a room at the special rate, reservations MUST be made by October 4, 2007.

** After October 4, 2007, any unsold rooms will be released back to the hotel inventory, and guests who register after that date will be charged according to available rates. **

Room Deposit:  A deposit equal to two nights' stay is required to hold each individual's reservation. Upon guest check-in, the deposit will be applied to the first and final nights of the reserved stay. All deposits will be charged at the time the reservation is made.

Cancellations:  The deposit is refundable if cancellation is prior to 30 days before arrival and a cancellation number has been obtained.

Porterage/baggage handling charge:  A one-time charge of $6.00 per person will be assessed for round-trip baggage handling. The charge will be indicated at check-out on each guest's bill and is in addition to (not in lieu of) the usual gratuities for baggage handling.

Resort Amenity Charge:  A charge of $15.00 plus 4.16% tax will be charged per room per day, to be indicated at check-out on each guest's bill. The Resort Amenity Charge includes the following amenities and services:

  • Self-parking (valet parking is available for an additional $8.00 per day)
  • In-room coffee and tea
  • In-room personal safe
  • In-room refrigerator
  • Local on-island telephone calls
  • Use of fitness center and tennis facilities
  • Guest news library with internet and e-mail access
  • Daily torch-lighting ceremony and Hawai'ian entertainment
  • Cultural arts and crafts, lei making, and hula lessons
  • Discount on selected beach activity rentals

Early Departure Fee:  Guests will be required to advise the hotel at or before check-in of any change in the reserved length of stay. Changes made after check-in will be subject to an early departure fee of 50% of the special room rate, to be charged to the guest's individual account.

Keiki Program:  A fun, cultural, and educational program for children ages 3–12 is available at the Sheraton Kauai Resort. For more information go to

Room Reservations:  To reserve a room, call 1-800-782-9488 and ask for the "Workshop on Chronology of Meteorites" rate.





  There are frequent flights between Lihue and Honolulu on Aloha and Hawai'ian Airlines. (Check with your airline to determine whether there are any direct flights to Lihue from the mainland.) The Sheraton Kauai Resort is located approximately 16 miles from the Lihue airport and takes about 30 minutes by car or taxi (about $50.00). From the Lihue airport proceed onto Ahukini Road, then turn left on Kuhio Highway 56. Follow 56 which connects with Kaumualii Highway 50. Stay on Kaumualii (approximately 20 minutes) and turn left on Maluhia Road/Highway 520, also known as "Tree Tunnel" (green sign says Poipu and Koloa town). Proceed to Koloa town and turn right on Koloa Road; very shortly turn left on Poipu Road. Continue on Poipu Road until you see the Sheraton sign (on the corner of Kapili) and turn right onto Kapili. At the stop sign, turn left on Hoonani, and the hotel will be a short distance ahead on the right side.



  Travel funding has been made available for students with an interest in martian meteorites to attend the Workshop on the Chronology of Meteorites and the Early Solar System. Student applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled at a university at the time of the workshop or the semester immediately following (if on break). Competitive selection will be made by NASA Headquarters. Application details will be available in the second announcement to be posted on this website June 22, 2007.



  More detailed information will be available in future announcements posted on this website (see schedule below). To aid in planning purposes, we strongly urge you to submit an electronic Indication of Intent form. The information on this form will not only provide invaluable information for the meeting organizers as they plan logistical strategies for the workshop, but will also subscribe you to an e-mail notification list to receive late-breaking news and information about the workshop. Please make sure to include a valid e-mail address.




  For further information regarding the format and scientific objectives of the workshop, contact

    Geological Institute of Denmark
    Phone: 45 35 32 24 21
    Fax: 45 35 32 24 99
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology,
    School of Ocean and Earth Science
    University of Hawai'i at Manoa
    Phone: 808-956-3900
    Fax: 808-956-6322
    E-mail: [email protected]

For further information regarding workshop logistics, announcements, and accommodations, contact

    Lunar and Planetary Institute
    Phone: 281-486-2143
    Fax: 281-486-2125
    E-mail: [email protected]



June 22, 2007Second announcement with call for abstracts
and registration information
August 3, 2007Abstract Deadline
September 14, 2007Final announcement with program and abstracts
posted on this website
September 21, 2007Deadline for registration at reduced rate
October 4, 2007Deadline for hotel reservation with special rates
November 5–7, 2007Workshop on Chronology of Meteorites and
the Early Solar System


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