My major research focus is surface landforms of terrestrial planets. I am interested in their formation processes and implications for the evolution of the planets. I studied channels and valleys on Venus. These enigmatic features were perhaps produced by actions of low viscosity lavas. For Mars, I am interested in processes of water, including oceans, outflow channels, valley networks, layered deposits, glaciation, and sedimentation. For Earth, I have been involved in cataclysmic flood research projects in northern Alaska and Central Asia, drainage evolution studies in northern Eurasia, Central Australia, and Central Mexico, and investigation of a possible impact crater in Mongolia. I also conducted a study of a paleolake system in the Gobi desert in order to reconstruct paleoenvironments in which paleolithic humans migrated and settled.
International Research School of Planetary Sciences
Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Geologia (InGeo)
Università degli Studi "G. d'Annunzio"
Viale Pindaro, 42 Pescara (PE) 65127
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