[ASC-list] Melbourne Free ANZAAS Science Talk, GTAC, Wednesday 17th July, A/Prof Andy Tomkins "Meteorites & Cosmic Dust: Insights into the Early Solar System & Earth"

David Vaux vaux at wehi.edu.au
Wed Jul 10 07:28:48 UTC 2019

Science Talk, MELBOURNE
All welcome, free, bring your friends!
Free pizza and drinks after the talk

At GTAC, in the grounds of University High School, corner Royal Parade and Story Street, Parkville (enter off Story Street or Royal Parade)

Wednesday 17th July 2019, 6:30 pm


Associate Professor Andy Tomkins

School of Earth, Atmosphere & Environment, Monash University

"Meteorites & Cosmic Dust: Insights into the Early Solar System & Earth"

Meteorites are fragments of the building blocks of the Solar System. Almost all of them are older than the oldest rocks on Earth, mostly having formed ~4.56 billion years ago. In this talk Associate Professor Andy Tomkins will present an overview of the research on meteorites and micrometeorites being conducted at Monash University. He will show how the Monash team goes about hunting for meteorites on the Nullarbor Plain, and how micrometeorites can be extracted from ancient sedimentary rocks. Examples of current research projects will include using meteorites from Mars to study its climatic evolution, using primitive meteorites to study how the cores of asteroids formed, and using micrometeorites to study the ancient atmosphere of the Earth.

Associate Professor Andy Tomkins is a geoscientist who applies the principles of metamorphic petrology, structural geology and igneous petrology to his work to make unique contributions to the fields of economic geology, meteoritics and planetary science. After obtaining a geology degree he did a PhD in economic geology at the ANU, then a postdoc in Canada before returning to Australia.

Forthcoming events:

Wed 21st August 6:30pm  Dr Tom May,  Royal Botanic Gardens
                                         Fungi - the flexible kingdom

Wed 18th September 6:30pm  Warik Lawrance,  Museum Vic
                                         3D film-making for planetariums


We are pleased to acknowledge the support by CSL and GTAC for the ANZAAS Melbourne science talks series

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