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Planetary Geology for Beginners

6 October, 2008

Fascinated by the latest images from Mars? Curious about how impact craters have shaped the Moon? Want to know how the rocky bodies in the Solar System formed? Always wanted to see a meteorite up close? Join Dr. Jonathan Clarke for a FREE introductory course on planetary geology that will cover the different processes that resulted in the formation and current state of the Moon, Mars and other rocky bodies in our Solar System. The course will also include hands on activities in Geoscience Australia’s Education Centre and the chance to examine various geological specimens including several meteorites.

DATE: Tuesday 18th November

TIME: 5:30-7:30pm

LOCATION: Geoscience Australia's Education Centre, Cnr Jerrabomberra Ave & Hindmarsh Dr, Symonston, Canberra

MAP: Of the general area can be found at Please park in the visitors area (see ) and meet outside the main entrance.

RSVPs Essential: By 14th November to Michael West via michael.west(at) or 0421062 650.

PLEASE NOTE: Places are LIMITED so preference will go to MSA & AIAA members. To find out about membership of MSA visit or membership of the AIAA visit

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Dr. Jonathan Clarke's biography is included below. Feel free to forward details of this event to others who may be interested.

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About Dr. Jonathan Clarke

Dr. Jonathan Clarkes career has been extremely varied and he is best described as a geological general practioner. He graduated as a palaeontologist, moved into petroleum and coal geology, and completed his PhD in carbonate sedimentology and palaeoecology. Dr. Clarke has worked on marine surveys in the Southern and Indian Oceans, explored for base metals, nickel, copper and gold throughout Australia, the Philippines and Chile. Dr. Clarkes research interests include terrestrial analogues of Martian landscapes and developing exploration strategies for human missions to Mars. He has participated in Mars analogue field work in deserts in Utah, USA and in South Australia, the later as the science leader of Mars Society Australias Jarntimarra expedition in 2001. Dr. Clarke is an Associate Member of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology and the vice president and research committee chair of Mars Society Australia. The author of numerous journal articles and a recent book chapter on extraterrestrial regolith, Dr Clarke is also frequently interviewed about space and Mars exploration for national newspapers, television and radio.

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