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Mar 26 2014

This geophysicist grew up in a crater. Literally.

For Tiziana Vanorio, an unsettling childhood experience in Italy evoked a curiosity that laid the foundation for a lifelong fascination with rocks.

Mar 25 2014

Surface of Titan Sea is mirror smooth

Using radar measurements gathered by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, Stanford geophysicist Howard Zebker and his team have concluded that the surface of Ligeia Mare, Titan’s second largest sea, has a mirror-like smoothness, possibly due to a lack of winds. As the only other solar system body with an Earth-like weather system, Titan could serve as a model for studying our own planet’s early history.

Mar 6 2014

Learning to use complex lab equipment, virtually

Stanford professor Tiziana Vanorio is using a seed grant to launch online lessons that could dramatically shorten the learning curve for complicated lab instruments.

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Upcoming Events

Apr 24

Geophysics Department Seminar: Jared Peacock (USGS) - Title: Searching for Magma: Example from Mono Basin, California

12:15 PM - Mitchell 350/372 - light refreshments provided
Geophysics Department
May 1

Geophysics Department Seminar: TBD

12:15 PM - Mitchell 350/372
Geophysics Department
May 8
May 15

Geophysics Department Seminar: Chloe Arson (Georgia Tech) - Title: TBD

12:15 PM - Mitchell 350/372
Geophysics Department

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Geophysics Spotlight

Reservoir Geomechanics

A Free Online Course from Stanford University

April 1, 2014 – June 10, 2014
This interdisciplinary course encompasses the fields of rock mechanics, structural geology, earthquake seismology and petroleum engineering to address a wide range of geomechanical problems that arise during the exploitation of oil and gas reservoirs. The course considers key practical issues such as prediction of pore pressure, estimation of hydrocarbon column heights and fault seal potential, determination of optimally stable well trajectories, casing set points and mud weights, changes in reservoir performance during depletion, and production-induced faulting and subsidence.
For More Information and to Register for the Course at no cost click here