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The University of Manchester, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  (STFC DTP) FORMATION CONDITIONS OF REFRACTORY INCLUSIONS AND CHONDRULES IN CHONDRITIC METEORITES
  Research Group: Isotope Geochemistry & Planetary Science
  Dr R Jones, Dr R Tartese
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Chondrite meteorites contain the earliest solid material that formed within our Solar System, 4.6 billion years ago. These meteorites are predominantly made up of millimetre-sized particles known as chondrules, and very fine-grained (sub-micrometre) matrix [1].
  (STFC DTP) Halogen behaviour during shock metamorphism and alteration on Mars
  Research Group: Isotope Geochemistry & Planetary Science
  Dr B O'Driscoll, Dr P Clay, Prof J Day, Prof R Burgess
Application Deadline: 4 December 2019

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The heavy halogens (Cl, Br and I) are incompatible and fluid-mobile, making them excellent tracers of volatile evolution and transport processes on planetary bodies.
  (STFC DTP) Investigating the organic record of early Mars
  Research Group: Isotope Geochemistry & Planetary Science
  Dr R Tartese, Dr R Garwood, Dr B O'Driscoll
Application Deadline: 4 December 2019

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Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034 and paired stones are unique martian meteorites that provide us with our first and only samples of the martian surface regolith (Agee et al.
  (STFC DTP) Isotopic tracers of geological processing in the lunar regolith
  Research Group: Isotope Geochemistry & Planetary Science
  Dr R Tartese, Dr K Joy, Dr J Pernet-Fisher, Prof J Gilmour
Application Deadline: 4 December 2019

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The European Space Agency is sending an experiment package called PROSPECT to the Moon on the Luna 27 mission. The mission will analyse soils and determine the abundance and isotopic composition of light elements and noble gases.
  (STFC DTP) Magma storage and crystallization in rocky planets: Magma chambers on the Moon?
  Research Group: Isotope Geochemistry & Planetary Science
  Dr M Hartley, Dr D Neave, Dr K Joy, Dr R Jones
Application Deadline: 4 December 2019

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The Moon records volcanism on a small rocky planet. Lunar lavas were dominantly erupted between ~4.35 and 3 billion years ago. These lavas were sourced by partial melting of different regions of the lunar mantle, giving rise to a range of chemical affiliations and crystallization histories.
  (STFC DTP) Planetary Impact Distributions
  Research Group: Isotope Geochemistry & Planetary Science
  Dr K Joy, Dr G Evatt, Dr A Smedley, Prof D Abrahams
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Does the Earth have a uniform impact rate of extraterrestrial material? If not, then why? Going further, how do the causes of Earth’s rate vary from planet to planet and moon to moon? Or indeed, can observations of impact cratering tell us about historical information about the orbits of the planet/moons? These seem quite fundamental questions, but answering them has proven much harder.
  (STFC DTP) The atmospheric evolution of Mars
  Research Group: Isotope Geochemistry & Planetary Science
  Prof R Burgess, Dr L Ruzie, Dr G Holland, Prof J Gilmour
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Mars atmospheric evolution was marked by an early, dense CO2-rich atmosphere giving sufficient greenhouse warming to enable liquid water at the surface; followed by atmospheric loss leaving a less dense atmosphere with cold, arid surface conditions.
  (STFC DTP) The Halogen Budget of Asteroid 4 Vesta
  Research Group: Isotope Geochemistry & Planetary Science
  Dr B O'Driscoll, Dr P Clay, Prof R Burgess, Dr R Garwood
Application Deadline: 4 December 2019

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Asteroid 4 Vesta is the second largest body in the Asteroid Belt, second to the dwarf planet Ceres. Unlike most asteroids, but similar to Earth, Vesta is differentiated into a silicate crust, mantle and core.
  (STFC DTP) Using minerals analogues to understand effects of sterilisation procedures and applications for Mars Sample Return
  Research Group: Isotope Geochemistry & Planetary Science
  Dr K Joy, Dr S Nixon, Prof M Patel, Prof R Burgess
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Future missions aim to collect samples from a range of planetary bodies. NASA and ESA are working on plans for a series of Mars missions to collect, transport and return rocks and soil samples to the Earth.
  (STFC DTP) Xenon isotopes and the chronology of the solar system
  Research Group: Isotope Geochemistry & Planetary Science
  Prof J Gilmour, Dr G Holland, Dr P Clay
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Xenon isotopic signatures in extraterrestrial material that dates back to the early solar system record radioactive decay of now-extinct radioisotopes (244Pu and 129I), affording a means of dating processes that occurred as they formed or as they were processed on planetesimals.
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