Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Scientific Volumes published by EPS Faculty

Megaflooding on Earth and Mars

Megaflooding on Earth and MarsMegaflooding is the sudden discharge of exceptional volumes of water. Megafloods have significantly altered the terrain of Earth and Mars, and may have acted as triggers for climate change on these planets. Recently, research into megaflooding has made important advances: on Earth, real-time measurements of contemporary floods in Iceland complement research into older and larger terrestrial floods, while on Mars terabytes of data from several spacecraft orbiting that planet are dramatically revising our view of flooding there. Beginning with a historical overview of flood science, the book presents sections on morphology and mechanisms, flood sedimentology, and modeling, each illustrated with examples from Earth and Mars. By juxtaposing terrestrial and Martian research, this volume creates a unique synthesis to further our understanding of these enormous paleoflood events. It is an invaluable reference for researchers and students of hydrology, geomorphology, sedimentology and planetary science, as well as environmental and hydraulic engineers.

Assistant Professor Devon Burr is the lead editor and a major contributor to this volume.


CosmochemistryIn the first interdisciplinary introduction to cosmochemistry, this textbook provides the answers to questions such as ‘how did the chemical composition of the Solar System evolve.’ ┬áIt makes this exciting and evolving field accessible to undergraduate and graduate students from a range of backgrounds, including geology, chemistry, astronomy and physics. The authors - two established leaders who have pioneered developments in the field - provide a complete background to cosmochemical processes and discoveries, enabling students outside geochemistry to understand and explore the composition of the Solar System.

Topics covered include:

  • synthesis of nuclides in stars
  • partitioning of elements between solids, liquids and gas in the solar nebula
  • overviews of the chemistry of extraterrestrial materials
  • isotopic tools used to investigate processes such as planet accretion and element fractionation
  • chronology of the early Solar System
  • geochemical exploration of planets

Boxes provide basic definitions and mini-courses in mineralogy, organic chemistry, and other essential background information for students. Review questions and additional reading for each chapter encourage students to explore cosmochemistry further.

Professor Hap McSween is the lead author of this volume.



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