DENTON S. EBEL
Chair, Division of Physical Sciences
Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences
The American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th St.
New York NY 10024-5192
phone: (212) 769-5381
fax: (212) 769-5533
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Meteorites in 2D + 3D
sulfides + sulfosalts
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Meteorites are pieces of planets, or samples of the material 'left over' from formation of the sun and planets, over four and a half billion years ago. They are clues to the origin of our solar system and planetary systems around other stars. I am a geologist specializing in the study of extraterrestrial rocks and cosmochemistry.
I serve as the curator of the AMNH meteorite collection. AMNH affiliates, students,
and I use the collection to understand early solar system processes such as planet formation.
Our larger mission is to make meteorite samples available for research by scientists throughout the world.
Collections-based research is vital to the exploration of space and a better understanding
of our origins.
The Muesuem has initiated a new, pilot Master's of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program to strengthen Regents-level Earth Science teaching in New York State. I serve a lead role in this effort.
One focus of my research is modeling how gas, solid,
and melt phases interact at high temperatures and low pressures, to understand
the formation of the first solids, and molten (liquid) rock droplets in the solar system,
which eventually led to the accretion of the planets.
My research career began with investigations of how silver, copper, nickel and platinum-group metal ores form in the Earth. By seeing how sulfide minerals react in the laboratory, I was able to model their thermodynamic properties, and develop predictive tools to find metal-rich rock in existing mines. Some of this work is introduced here: MAGMATIC SULFIDES and HYDROTHERMAL SULFOSALTS
|Dr. Denton S. Ebel
|Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
||phone: (212) 769-5381
|The American Museum of Natural History
||fax: (212) 769-5533
|Central Park West @ 79th Street.
|New York NY 10024-5192
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