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When Earth Attacks: Peter van Keken's Neighborhood Lecture

When Earth Attacks: Peter van Keken's Neighborhood Lecture

Neighbors and friends of Carnegie's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) gathered at the Broad Branch Road Campus in Washington, D.C. on March 22, 2018 for the first Spring 2018 Neighborhood Lecture

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Peter van Keken: What Drives Plate Tectonics?

Peter van Keken: What Drives Plate Tectonics?

In preparation for his Neighbohood Lecture Series presentation, van Keken sat down for an interview touching on his research on plate tectonics and his work prior to joining DTM.

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February 2018 Letter from the Director

Proxima Centauri, Proxima b

In the latest letter from our Director, Rick Carlson: Exoplanet barbeque, a lunar oasis, memories of Earth's birth, and clear skies on brown dwarfs.

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Modern Volcanism Tied to Events Occurring Soon After Earth’s Birth

Modern Volcanism Tied to Events Occurring Soon After Earth’s Birth

Plumes of hot magma from the volcanic hotspot that formed Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean rise from an unusually primitive source deep beneath the Earth's surface.

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How Does Water Change the Moon’s Origin Story?

 How Does Water Change the Moon’s Origin Story?

Ongoing research about the Moon's chemistry is revealing that it may be wetter than initially thought, which raises questions about some aspects of this origin story.

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When Do Aging Brown Dwarfs Sweep the Clouds Away?

When Do Aging Brown Dwarfs Sweep the Clouds Away?

Brown dwarfs, the larger cousins of giant planets, undergo atmospheric changes from cloudy to cloudless as they age and cool. A team of astronomers led by Carnegie's Jonathan Gagné measured for the first time the temperature at which this shift happens in young brown dwarfs.

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