Basaltic Lava Fields and their Potential for Field Analog Study
In this past century, scientists have strived to understand the surface roughness of lava flows on other terrestrial planets using remote sensing methods. Limitations from remote sensing cannot measure detailed bulk geochemistry and petrographic properties of lava flows, which are essential to understand their formation and rheology. To resolve this limitation I use an analogous lava field site with resemblances which are host to a variety of surface roughness. My research aims to determine a relationship between the surface roughness, geochemistry, and petrography of lava flows from Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve (COTM) located in Idaho. COTM lava field covers an area of 1600km2 and is host to a suite of transitional basaltic lava flows exhibiting different surface roughness. Comparative studies between COTM lava field to other terrestrial planets will improve are interpretations on their geochemistry and petrography which in turn provides information on their formation and rheology
Conference Presentations & Abstracts
Tolometti G. D., Neish C. D., Osinski G. R., Zanetti M., Maj R., Hughes S. S., and Nawotniak S. E. Kobs. (2017) Basaltic lava flow field analog at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve [abstract #82]. Geological Association of Canada - Mineralogical Association of Canada. Kingston, Ontario, May 2017.
Tolometti G. D., Neish C. D., Osinski G. R., Zanetti M., Maj R., Hughes S. S., and Nawotniak S. E. Kobs. (2017) Variation in Petrography of Basaltic Lava Flows with Similar Surface Roughness [abstract #1643]. 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. The Woodlands, Texas, March 2017.
University of St Andrews, UK, June 2016
Awards and Scholarships
- Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentship, 2017–2018