Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Michael P. Lamb - When Rocks Roll: How Sediment Transport Shapes Planetary Surfaces
From mountain valleys to river deltas, flowing water and grains of sand conspire to create Earth's dramatic landscapes. Earth is not alone; megafloods have cut vast canyons into the surface of Mars, and rivers of liquid methane actively carve the icy surface of Titan. This talk will explore new insights into the mechanics of landscape evolution with implications for debris-flow hazards in the San Gabriel Mountains, land-use sustainability on the Mississippi Delta, and water on Mars.
Presented by: Caltech Committee on Institute Programs