⬆ Earthrise from the Apollo 11 Command Module, July 1969 (NASA)
Welcome to the website of Kip Hodges and his research group in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University! Here you can learn about the people in our group, our laboratories, and our projects. Principal themes of our research include continental tectonics, noble gas isotope geochemistry and chronology, and planetary field science.
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Impact Thermochronology – Age of Haughton Crater, Canada Constrained by (U-Th)/He
- Most successful efforts to determine the ages of bolide impact events are based on the isotope geochronology of crystalline or glassy impact melts. In a new paper in Geophysical Research Letters by Kelsey Young and colleagues, we describe an alternative approach based on theoretical calculations that even brief thermal events related to impact can reset the isotopic systematics of unmelted target rocks. We illustrate the technique by zircon (U-Th)/He dating of impactites from the Haughton impact structure in Canada. Email Kelsey for a pdf of the paper.
Hsiang to Be Awarded AGU's 'Science for Solutions' Award
- Solomon Hsiang will be presented the 2013 American Geophysical Union's Science for Solutions award at the Fall 2013 AGU Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The award recognizes "significant contributions in the application and use of Earth and space sciences to solve societal problems". Currently an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at UC-Berkeley, Sol was one of KVH's undergraduate adviseees at MIT. Congratulations Sol!
Young Normal Faulting in the Hinterland of the Bhutan Himalaya
- New research published in Lithosphere by Byron Adams and colleagues provides evidence for Plio-Pleistocene normal faulting along the physiographic transition from the Lower Himalayan to Higher Himalayan ranges in Bhutan. Email Byron for a pdf.
More Evidence for Large-Scale Slip on the South Tibetan Fault System
- Two recent papers from our work in Bhutan – with former group member Frances Cooper as first author – imply tens of kilometers of dip-slip displacement on the master detachment of the South Tibetan system in the eastern Himalaya. Email Frances for a pdf.
Lisa Song Wins Pulitzer Prize
- Along with colleagues Elizabeth McGowan and David Hasemyer at Inside Climate News, Lisa Song was recently awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting "for their rigorous reported on flawed regulation of the nation's oil pipelines, focusing on potential ecological dangers posed by diluted bitumen (or 'dilbit'), a controversial form of oil". Lisa was a student of KVH in his freshman class 'Solving Complex Problems' at MIT and a lifetime member of Terrascope, the special freshman program for which KVH was founding director at MIT. Congratulations Lisa!
Channel Flow and Landscape Evolution
- Reasonable people disagree about the importance of large-scale channel flow to evolution of the Tibetan Plateau, but KVH and Byron Adams have published a paper in the new Treatise on Geomorphology on how physiographic characteristics of the plateau might reflect channel flow. Email KVH for a pdf.