Earth and Planetary Sciences ETDs

Earth and Planetary Sciences ETDs

 
Graduate students may pursue studies emphasizing climatology and paleoclimatology; crystallography and materials science; environmental geology; geochemistry; geomorphology; geophysics; geodynamics; geospatial analysis; hydrology; igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary petrology; invertebrate and vertebrate paleontology; mineralogy; paleomagnetism; planetary sciences, sedimentology; soils; stratigraphy; structural geology; tectonics; and volcanology.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Investigation of molluscan survivorship across the Cenomanian-Turonian Boundary Event using ecological niche modeling, Agathe E. Carrier

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New Geochemical and Isotopic Approaches to Shallow Crust Landform Evolution, David Decker

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Dense-array teleseismic imaging of the southern Albuquerque basin, Tori S. Finlay

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Microtextural Studies of Feldspar in Ordinary Chondrites, Jonathan A. Lewis

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A speleothem record of climate variability in Southwestern North America during Marine Isotope Stage 3, Justin G. Peinado

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PRIMARY PRISTINE AND ALTERED IRON SULFIDES IN CM AND CR CARBONACEOUS CHONDRITES: INSIGHTS INTO NEBULAR AND PARENT BODY PROCESSES, Sheryl A. Singerling

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Magma Mixing at OlDoinyo Lengai: A Mineralogical and Trace Element Analysis of the 2007-8 Eruption., Nicole Thomas, Tobias P. Fischer Dr., and Adrian J. Brearley Dr.

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Birth and Evolution of the Virgin River: ~1 km of post-5 Ma uplift of the western Colorado Plateau, Cory J. Walk

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GLOBAL SEAWATER REDOX TRENDS DURING THE LATE DEVONIAN MASS EXTINCTION DETECTED USING U ISOTOPES OF MARINE CARBONATES, David Allen White

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Application of Ps Scattering Kernels to Imaging the Mantle Transition Zone with Receiver Functions, Han Zhang and Brandon Schmandt

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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A multi-proxy stalagmite reconstruction of the climate of southwestern North America from the Middle to Late Holocene, Christine Allen

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Observed Changes in Climate and Streamflow in the Upper Rio Grande Basin, Shaleene Chavarria

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Classifying microseismicty at Mount St. Helens using a large-N array, Margaret E. Glasgow

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GEOCHEMISTRY OF VOLATILES RELEASED BY INCIPIENT CONTINENTAL RIFTING AND SUBDUCTION PROCESSES, Hyunwoo Lee

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Insights on magmatic addition beneath the mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain from crustal seismic refraction data, Thomas W. Luckie

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Oxygen Isotope Composition of Water in Martian Meteorites, Oleg Vitalivich Maltsev

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THE DYNAMIC GEOMORPHIC SETTING OF THE LATE PLEISTOCENE HARTLEY MAMMOTH SITE: BURIAL AND SKELETAL PRESERVATION IN A SLUMP-BLOCK DEPRESSION NEAR ABIQUIU, NEW MEXICO, Jennifer K. Muus

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Magmatic Hydrothermal Alteration and Secondary Post-Shock Features in Martian Olivine-Phyric Basalt Northwest Africa 10416; Petrology and Geochemistry of Primitive Achondrite Northwest Africa 11042, Zoltan Vaci

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MODELING ATMOSPHERE-MOUNTAIN INTERACTIONS: IMPLICATIONS FOR STABLE ISOTOPE-BASED PALEOALTIMETRY, Lauren B. Wheeler

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Abrupt Ocean Anoxia During the Late Ordovician Mass Extinction Detected Using Uranium Isotopes of Marine Carbonates, Rickey Bartlett, Maya Elrick, Yemane Asmerom, and Viorel Atudorei

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Hot spring hydrochemistry on opposite sides of the Rio Grande rift in northern New Mexico and a geochemical connection between Valles Caldera and Ojo Caliente, Valerie Blomgren

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EPISODIC UPLIFT OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS: EVIDENCE FROM U-PB DETRITAL ZIRCON GEOCHRONOLOGY AND LOW-TEMPERATURE THERMOCHRONOLOGY WITH A CHAPTER ON USING MOBILE TECHNOLOGY FOR GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION, Maria Magdalena Donahue

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MULTIDISCIPLINARY WORK TO DETERMINE HYDROLOGY OF ARID LAND SPRINGS AND HOW SPRING WATERS INFLUENCE WATER QUALITY AND ECOSYSTEM HEALTH FOR DESERT ENVIRONMENTS, Rebecca Jane Frus

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MODELING THE INFLUENCE OF THE HETEROGENEOUS SUBSTRATE ON THE TRANSPORT OF THE JET FUEL SOLUTE PLUME, KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, Hannah Sarah Gatz-Miller

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CALIBRATION AND APPLICATION OF A SILICA-WATER SINGLE MINERAL THERMOMETER TO GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS IN ICELAND AND CHILE, Jordan Anne Gibbons

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Sedimentation, pedogenesis, and paleoclimate conditions in the Paleocene San Juan Basin, New Mexico, U.S.A., Kevin Hobbs

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Seismic imaging of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary with a dense broadband array in central California, Charles Hoots

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INVESTIGATION OF AQUEOUS PROCESSES IN THE VALLE GRANDE PALEO-LAKE, VALLES CALDERA AS A MARTIAN ANALOG; CHEMCAM INVESTIGATION OF THE JOHN KLEIN AND CUMBERLAND DRILL HOLES AND TAILINGS, GALE CRATER, MARS, Ryan Steele Jackson

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THE INFLUENCE OF BEAVER ACTIVITY ON MODERN AND HOLOCENE FLUVIAL LANDSCAPE DYNAMICS IN SOUTHWESTERN MONTANA, Rebekah Levine

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Geophysical Characterization of the Central Yakutat Shelf and Cenozoic Basin Development, Offshore Southeastern Alaska, Rachel Price

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Birth and evolution of the Rio Grande fluvial system in the last 8 Ma: Progressive downward integration and interplay between tectonics, volcanism, climate, and river evolution, Marisa N. Repasch

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New Insights into the Martian Crust and Angrite Parent Body Through Meteorites, Alison R. Santos

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CO2 Flux Along Faults of the Central Rio Grande Rift, New Mexico, Jared Smith

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Experimental Investigation into the Thermal and Magmatic Evolution of Mercury, Kathleen Vander Kaaden

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Cl in the Early Solar System, Jeffrey Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Teleseismic P Wave Attenuation in the Upper Mantle Beneath the United States, Samantha Lynn Cafferky

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Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy of martian breccia Northwest Africa 7034: comparison with Mars Science Laboratory results, Suzanne Gordon

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CARBONIC SPRINGS AS DISTAL MANIFESTATIONS OF THE JEMEZ GEOTHERMAL SYSTEM, SAN YSIDRO, NEW MEXICO, HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANCE OF FAULT PATHWAYS AND HYDROCHEMICAL MIXING., Christopher McGibbon

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BUILDING A BETTER TRAINING IMAGE WITH DIGITAL OUTCROP MODELS: THESE GO TO ELEVEN, Alexandra Pickel

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Deep-seated bedrock landsliding in Grand Canyon's Surprise Valley area, Jesse Robertson

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Drought in the Colorado River Basin: Spatiotemporal Analysis using an Edge Detection Filter, Lindsay Ross

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DIURNAL VARIATION OF WATER VAPOR ISOTOPOLOGUES ON THE CHAJNANTOR PLATEAU DURING THE AUSTRAL SPRING, Alec Tunner

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Climatic factors influencing Last Glacial Maximum and modern glacial conditions in the tropical and subtropical Andes, Lauren Vargo

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Timing of erosional episodes in the Marble Canyon and Vermilion Cliffs region from apatite (U-Th)/He thermochronology, Nadine Lynne Warneke

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Characterization of fluvial facies distributions and cyclicity using terrestrial lidar: Paleocene Nacimiento Formation, Kutz Canyon, New Mexico, Jeffrey Carritt

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An experimental and petrologic investigation of the source regions of lunar magmatism in the context of the primordial differentiation of the Moon, Stephen Elardo

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MICROSTRUCTURAL CONSTRAINTS ON THE FORMATIONAL AND THERMAL HISTORIES OF REFRACTORY INCLUSIONS IN CO3 CHONDRITES, Jangmi Han

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AN IMBRICATE MID CRUSTAL SUTURE ZONE: THE MOJAVE-YAVAPAI PROVINCE BOUNDARY IN GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA, Mark Holland

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Continental-scale isotope hydrology, Scott Jasechko

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Spatial and Seasonal Variations in Aridification Across Southwest North America, Shannon Miller Jones

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Analyzing geological materials under martian conditions using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy : plasma fundamentals, sample classification, and trace element quanitification, Ann Ollila

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GEOCHRONOLOGY, GEOCHEMISTRY, AND TECTONIC CHARACTERIZATION OF QUATERNARY LARGE-VOLUME TRAVERTINE DEPOSITS IN THE SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR CO2 SEQUESTRATION, Alexandra Priewisch

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Using Nd Isotopes to understand changes in continental weathering flux in Mid-Pennsylvanian (Desmoinesian) carbonate cycles, Phil Ragonese

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STRUCTURAL EVOLUTION OF THE RIO GRANDE RIFT: SYNCHRONOUS EXHUMATION OF RIFT FLANKS FROM 20-10 MA, EMBRYONIC CORE COMPLEXES, AND FLUID-ENHANCED QUATERNARY EXTENSION, Jason Ricketts

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ISOTOPIC CONSTRAINTS ON ATMOSPHERIC MOISTURE TRANSPORT PROCESSES IN SOUTH AMERICA, Kimberly Samuels-Crow

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Thermal histories of CB meteorites: Constraints from compositions and microstructures of sulfides, Poorna Srinivasan

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Satellite imagery evaluation of soil moisture variability in north-east part of Ganges Basin, India, Proma Bhattacharyya

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Metal-silicate Partitioning Behavior of Molybdenum, Tungsten, and Nickel: Implications for Core Formation, Laura Burkemper

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Neotectonic evolution of Grand Canyon : interaction between volcanism, river incision, epeirogenic uplift, and faulting, Ryan Crow

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Magmatic volatiles at rifts and arcs: Sources and fractionation effects, Joost Maarten de Moor

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REMOTELY MAPPING SURFACE ROUGHNESS ON ALLUVIAL FANS: AN APPROACH FOR UNDERSTANDING DEPOSITIONAL PROCESSES, Sarah Doyle

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HOLOCENE FIRE-RELATED ALLUVIAL CHRONOLOGY AND GEOMORPHIC IMPLICATIONS IN THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS, NEW MEXICO, Erin Fitch

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CHARACTERIZATION OF THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE GLACIAL CYCLE-II AND TERMINATION FROM HIGH RESOLUTION SPELEOTHEM ISOTOPE AND TRACE ELEMENTAL TIME-SERIES DATA, SOUTHWEST UNITED STATES, Zachary LaPointe

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Uranium-series isotope constraints on magma generation and differentiation in the central Oregon Cascades, Euan Mitchell

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Slope and bifurcation on braided distributive fluvial systems, Michelle Olson

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The discovery of baddeleyite (ZrO2) and chrome spinel in the basal Rooiberg Group of the 2.057 Ga Bushveld Complex, South Africa: Implications for the impact and igneous scenarios for the petrogenesis of the Rooiberg Group., Eric Tegtmeier

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Orbital-scale fluctuations in continental weathering flux and continental ice-volume during greenhouse and icehouse climate intervals : evidence from oxygen and neodymium isotopes, Bethany Theiling

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Using oxygen and carbon stable isotopes, 53Mn-53Cr isotope systematics, and petrology to constrain the history of carbonates and water in the CR and CM chondrite parent bodies, Mark Tyra

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Geochemistry of cave pools in the Guadalupe Mountains, NM : implications for geomicrobiology, Kooser Ara

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Effect of halite and calcite coatings on thermal infrared spectra wih implications for Mars exploration, Jeffrey A. Berger

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A TEM study of crystalline silicates in the matrices of MET 00426 and QUE 99177 CR3.0 chondrites: Constraints on the formation mechanisms of dust in the solar nebula, Chelsea Brunner

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Soil geomorphology of the eastern Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research Site, Debra Bryan-Ricketts

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Geochemical characteristics and microbial diversity of CO2-rich mound springs of the Tierra Amarilla anticline, New Mexico, Brandi Cron

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Magnetic records from latest Triassic to earliest Jurassic red beds, Utah and Arizona, and from mid-Pleistocene lake beds, New Mexico, Linda Lee Donohoo Hurley

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Studying signatures of water on Mars at two macro and micro scales : orbital analyses of hillslope geomorphology and ChemCam calibration for surficial rock chemistry, Nina Lanza

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The chlorine isotope composition of chondrites : evidence for a single nebular reservoir and the effects of secondary processes on chondrite parent bodies, Jessica Mumphrey

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Dynamic topography of the western Great Plains : geomorphic and 40Ar/39Ar evidence for mantle-driven uplift associated with the Jemez lineament, New Mexico and SE Colorado, Alexander Nereson

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Fluvial processes, beaver activity, and climate in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem and rock type control on hillslope morphology and soil development in the Sandia Mountains, New Mexico, Lyman Persico

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The geochemistry of water-filled sinkholes at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Roswell, NM : implications for hydrochemical evolution and trophic support, Elizabeth Premo

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The effect of carbon dioxide on the density and compressibility of kimberlitic magma, Alison R. Santos

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Nutrient dynamics in a headwater stream : use of continuous water quality sensors to examine seasonal, event, and diurnal processes in the East Fork Jemez River, NM, Lauren R. Sherson

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Variations in the stable isotope compositions of water vapor and precipitation in New Mexico : links to synoptic-scale weather, Mel Strong

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The impact of dams, droughts, and tributary drainages on channel form and process : Rio Grande and Rio Chama, NM, Benjamin Swanson

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Uranium-series geochronology and stable isotope analysis of travertine from Soda Dam, New Mexico : a Quaternary record of episodic spring discharge and rivern incision in the Jemez Mountains hydrothermal system, April Jean Tafoya

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Experimental investigation into lunar melt density and compressibility : the role of titanium, Kathleen Vander Kaaden

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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New incision rates on the Colorado River system based on cosmogenic burial dating of terraces : implications for a transient knickpoint at Lees Ferry and differential uplift of the Rocky Mountains, Andrew Darling

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Oxygen isotopes in diatom silica : a new understanding of silica-water oxygen isotope fractionation in diatom frustules and an application of diatom d180 values as a record of paleohydrologic variability in a middle-Pleistocene lacrustine core from the Valles Caldera, New Mexico, Justin Dodd

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Late Quaternary semiarid eolian system dynamics : distribution, timing, and soil geomorphic controls, Black Mesa, northeastern Arizona, USA, Amy Ellwein

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Last-saturation applications to the humidity of the subtropical middle troposphere, John Hurley

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Trends and interannual variability in snowpack and spring season hydroclimatology in the southwestern United States, Sarah J. Keller

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Stream channel adjustments and persistence of change in response to beaver damming on a fluvial fan, Odell Creek, Montana, Rebekah Levine

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Paleomagnetic and AMS results from Oligocene ash-flow tuffs of the eastern San Juan Mountains : implications for the evolution of the western margin of the San Luis Basin, northern Rio Grande Rift, Stephanie N. Mason

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Microstructural, geochronologic and thermochronologic evidence for both Paleo- and Mesoproterozoic displacement across the Gneiss Canyon shear zone : lower Granite Gorge, Grand Canyon, Arizona, Jacob McDermott

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Investigating evidence of high frequency glacial eustacy in the Lower Mississippian (Tournasian) Lodgepole Formation of southwest Montana : insights from conodont oxygen isotopes, Zachary Wallace

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Formation conditions of plagioclase-bearing type I chondrules in CO chondrites : a study of natural samples and experimental analogs, Molly Wick

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Interpreting Early Triassic (Smithian) sea-level change and climate using sequence stratigraphy and oxygen isotopes of conodont apatite, Stephanie Yurchyk

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Mineralogy and bulk chemistry of chondrules and matrix in petrologic type 3 chondrites : implications for early solar system processes, Jana Berlin

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Fluvial sedimentation in continental half-graben basins, Sean Connell

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The partial molar volume of carbon dioxide in peridotite partial melt at high pressure, Megan Duncan

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Characterization of a volcanically impacted, overfilled continental rift basin within the southeastern Jemez Mountains, New Mexico, Ashley Elizabeth Edelman