Earth Surface Processes Groups of the Schools of Earth and Space Exploration and Geography and Department of Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering at Arizona State University

Kelin Whipple Arjun Heimsath Ramón Arrowsmith Mark Schmeeckle Enrique Vivoni

SESE Surface Processes seminar Fall 2017

The Earth Surface Processes Seminar (called "Geomorphology Seminar" in the GLG courses list) runs every term, for one unit credit (repeatable any number of times, and we prefer students do enroll) on a different theme each term. Our off-campus meeting time this term will as usual be 7:00pm-9:00pm on Thursdays.

The Theme this term will be Southwest US Geomorphology. We will read, discuss, critique and debate papers presenting disparate view points on key controversies in surface processes, broadly defined: Geomorphology, Hydrology, Ecology, Biogeochemistry of Surface Environments.

In a typical session we discuss a single research paper or two short ones. One or a pair of students have the charge to lead the discussion each session. Guiding a discussion, pointing out interesting angles to discuss and keeping the discussion on track are the main tasks. Usually this involves leading the group through the paper, but with an aim to highlighting discussion points rather than a report/summary of all points. Sometimes digging up essential background material from previous papers is essential to either understanding of the paper, or for drawing out key discussion points. Determining whether such ancillary material is needed is up to the student leaders. As we move forward we want to get into full discussion and debate mode -- everyone should make a point of saying at least a couple things in each meeting: a question, answer, comment, observation, whatever. We want all voices engaged in the conversation!

We're looking forward to a vibrant set of discussions this semester! Encouragement from Arjun and Ramon.

Date and locationDiscussion Leader(s)Reading/topic
Thursday, August 31; at Kelin's house:
235 E Dawn Drive Tempe
Nari We've taken this decision to maximally leverage the great colloquium speaker we have next week: Dr. Carmie Garzione, leading world expert on paleoaltimetry. Her applications are mostly in the Andes and Tibet, but it makes sense to kick off our tour through the SW with the fascinating problem of the uplift of the Colorado Plateau, so we are starting with a paleoaltimetry study.
Please read by Wednesday and attend Colloquium with Prof. Garzione at 3:30 in Marston Theater. Technical talk following on Thursday 10-11 am, room TBA.
Huntington, K., Wernicke, B., and Eiler, J. "Influence of climate change and uplift on Colorado Plateau paleotemperatures from carbonate clumped isotope thermometry." Tectonics Vol. 29, TC3005.
Clumped Isotope primer.
Thursday, September 7;At Pye and Lorrie's house Alex Pye Flowers RM, Wernicke, BP, and Farley, KA. "Unroofing, incision, and uplift history of the southwestern Colorado Plateau from apatite (U-Th)/He thermochronometry." GSA Bulletin, May/June 2008, v 120, no. 5/6, p 571-587.
Thursday, September 14; Wren's place - 2157 E. Minton Drive Wren Moucha, R, Forte, AM, Rowley, DB, Mitrovica, JX, Simmons, NA, Grand, SP. "Deep mantle forces and the uplift of the Colorado Plateau." Geophysical Research Letters, 2009, v 36.
Liu, L, and Gurnis, M. "Dynamic subsidence and uplift of the Colorado Plateau." Geology, July 2010, v 38, no. 7, p 663-666.
and as a supplement to skim and for figures
Liu, L, et al. 2008.
Thursday, September 21; at Alex's place:
1534 E. Windjammer Way, Tempe
Alex H. Lazear, G, Karlstrom, K, Aslan, A, and Kelly, S. "Denudation and flexural isostatic response of the Colorado Plateau and southern Rocky Mountains Region since 10 Ma."Geosphere, August 2013, v 9, no. 4, pp792-814.
Thursday, September 28; Dom Crow, et al. "A new model for Quaternary lava dams in Grand Canyon based on 40Ar/39Ar dating, basalt geochemistry, and field mapping"Geosphere, 2015, vol 11, no. 5.

Past seminars
Spring 2017 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2016 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2016 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2015 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2015 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2014 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2014 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2013 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2013 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2012 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2012 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2011 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2011 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2010 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2010 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2009 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2009 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2008 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2008 SESE Geomorphology Seminar

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