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
Università degli Studi "G. d'Annunzio"
Viale Pindaro, 42 Pescara (PE) 65127
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