Meteorites from the Moon and Mars
  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA.

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The University of Plymouth’s Electron Microscopy Centre is pleased to welcome Dr Tony Irving (University of Washington) to present a guest seminar within the field of planetary science and meteoritics.

This seminar is free to attend and open to all (no booking required).


Some 250 specimens found mostly in northwest Africa and Oman are demonstrably rocks ejected by impacts from the Moon and Mars. Find out from a world expert how we know this and how the meteorite specimens compare with what we know about lunar and Martian geology from orbital and landed missions.

Dr Tony Irving is a meteoriticist and geochemist at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. He has worked on hundreds, if not thousands, of meteorites, and spent his early career working with lunar rocks from the Apollo missions. Dr Irving maintains the International Meteorite Collector’s Association (IMCA) Martian meteorites website and works on classifying several newly identified meteorites each year.

Dr Irving will be in Plymouth, UK, to present a seminar and two short workshops on meteorites in thin section. The first workshop will cover lunar and Martian meteorites, and the second will focus on other classes of meteorites including chondrites and achondrites. Both classes are designed for an academic interest, but any interested parties are welcome. Spaces at the workshops are limited so booking is essential.

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