New paper: Long-lived Explosive Volcanism on Mercury

New paper: Long-lived Explosive Volcanism on Mercury

My new paper showing explosive volcanism as recently as a billion years ago is now in press with Geophysical Research Letters! This is big news – most volcanism on Mercury occurred around 4.1 – 3.5 billion years ago and though…

Hollows on the floor of the crater Sander

Volatiles at Mercury – LPSC 2013

The evidence keeps on mounting that Mercury, once thought dry and dead, actually has a load of volatile substances like water and sulphides within it and on its surface.  It was big news a few months ago that several lines…

At last!  Global image coverage of Mercury

Mercury from MESSENGER at LPSC 2013

This week I’m at the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas, soaking up the new knowledge and offering up my own findings on Mercury.  I gave my presentation yesterday – without a hitch, happily! So what’s new…

Some of the extensional graben of Pantheon Fossae in Caloris basin (Source: MESSENGER image, NASA/JHU/APL/CIW

Mercury at EPSC 2012

The European Planetary Science Congress on this week in Madrid in Spain. I’m here for the Mercury and Mars sessions, drinking in all the information (and free coffee) I can get my hands on. Tuesday was Mercury for me –…

Mercury – a new dawn

Mercury – a new dawn

Up until a few years back, we were pretty sure we had Mercury all figured out: as a small planet close to the Sun, it would be similar to our Moon – volcanically dead, intensely-cratered, inert or gently contracting through…