Publications - Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences - Purdue University

Planetary Science

Surface of the moon Enceladus


2016 (submitted)

Blair, D.M., Chappaz, L, Sood, R., Milbury, C., Bobet, A., Melosh, H.J., Howell, K.C., Freed, A.M., (2016) Determining the structural stability of lunar lava tubes, submitted to Icarus.

Bowling, T.J., Johnson, B.C., Walton, E.L., Melosh, H.J., Sharp, T.G. (2016) Dwell time at high pressure of meteorites during impact ejection from Mars, submitted to Icarus.

Chappaz, L., Sood, R., Melosh, H.J., Howell, K.C., Blair, D.M., Milbury, C., Zuber, M.T. (2016) Evidence of large empty lava tubes on the Moon using GRAIL gravity, submitted to Geophysical Research Letters.

Sood, R., Chappaz, L., Melosh, H.J., Howell, K.C., Milbury, C., Blair, D.M., Zuber, M.T. (2016) Detection and characterization of buried lunar craters with GRAIL data, submitted to Icarus.


2016 (in press)

Horgan, B., R. Smith, P. Mann, E. Cloutis, P. Christensen (2016). Acid weathering of basalt and basaltic glass: I. Near-infrared spectra, mid-infrared spectra, and implications for Mars, Icarus, in press.

Johnson, B.C., K.J. Walsh, D.A. Minton, A.N. Krot, H.F. Levison (2016) Timing of the formation and migration of giant planets as constrained by CB chondrites. Science Advances. In press.

Johnson, B. C., T. J. Bowling, A. J. Trowbridge, A. M. Freed (2016) Formation of the Sputnik Planum basin and the thickness of Pluto’s subsurface ocean, Geophys. Res. Lett., in press.

Johnson, B. C., Blair, D.M., Collins, G.S., Melosh, H.J., Freed, A.M. Taylor, G.J., Head, J.W. Wieczorek, M.A., Andrews-Hanna, J.C., Nimmo, F., Keane, J.T., Miljkovic, K., Soderblom, J.M., Zuber, M.T. (2016) The formation of the Orientale lunar multi-ring basin, Science, in press.

Johnson, B. C., Campbell, C. S. and Melosh, H. J. (2016) Reply to comment “The reduction of friction in long runout landslides as an emergent phenomenon”, J. Geophys. Res., in press.

Zuber, M.T., Smith, D.E., Neumann, G.A., Goossens, S., Andrews-Hanna, J.C., Head, J.W., Kiefer, W.S., Asmar, S.W., Konopliv, A.S., Lemoine, F.G., Matsuyama, I., Melosh, H.J., McGovern, P.J., Nimmo, F., Phillips, R.J., Solomon, S.C., Taylor, G.J., Watkins, M.M., Wieczorek, M.A., Williams, J.G., Jansen, J.C., Johnson, B.C., Keane, J.T., Mazarico, E., Miljkovic, K., Park, R.S., Soderblom, J.M., Yuan, D-N. (2016) Gravity field of the Orientale basin from the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission.  Science, in press.



Bennett, K., B. Horgan, L. Gaddis, B. Greenhagen, C. Allen, P. Hayne, J. Bell, and D. Paige (2016). Complex explosive volcanic activity within Oppenheimer Crater on the Moon, Icarus, 273, 296–314, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2016.02.007.

deVries, J., Nimmo, F., Melosh, H.J. , Jacobson, S.A., Morbidelli, A., Rubie, D.C. (2016)  Impact-induced melting during accretion of the Earth., Prog. Earth Planet. Sci, DOI 10.1186/s40645-016-0083-8.

Ehlmann, B., F. Anderson, J. Andrews-Hanna, J. Carter, D. Catling, P. Christensen, B/ Cohen, C. Dressing, C. Edwards, L. Elkins-Tanton, K. Farley, C. Fassett, W. Fischer, A. Fraeman, M. Golombek, V. Hamilton, A. Hayes, C. Herd, B. Horgan, and 28 others (2016). The sustainability of habitability on terrestrial planets: Insights, questions, and needed measurements from Mars for understanding the evolution of Earth-like worlds, Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1002/2016JE005134.

Fenton, L., J. Bishop, S. King, B. Lafuente, B. Horgan, D. Bustos, P. Sarrazin (2016). Sedimentary differentiation of aeolian grains at the White Sands National Monument, NM, USA, Aeolian Research, doi:10.1016/j.aeolia.2016.05.001.

Johnson, B.C., G.S. Collins, D.A. Minton, T. Bowling, B.M. Simonson, and M.T. Zuber (2016) Spherule Layers, Crater Scaling Laws, and the Population of Ancient Terrestrial Impactors. Icarus, 271:350-359. 

Johnson, B. C., Campbell, C. S. and Melosh, H. J. (2016) The reduction of friction in long runout landslides as an emergent phenomenon, J. Geophys. Res., 121, 881-889.

Kendall, J. and Melosh, H. J. (2016) Differentiated planetesimal impacts into a terrestrial magma ocean: Fate of the iron core, EPSL, 448, 24-33.

Trowbridge, A. J., Melosh, H. J., Steckloff, J. K., and Freed, A. M. (2016) Vigorous convection as the explanation for Pluto's polygonal terrain, Nature, 534, 79-81.


Horgan, B., and D. Hooper (2015). Dune Apron/Denivation Features (two entries), in Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms, eds: H. Hargitai, A. Kereszturi, doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-9213-9.

Jacobs, C. T., Goldin, T. J., Collins, G. S., Piggott, M. D., Kramer, S. C. Melosh, H. J., Wilson, C. R. G., Allison, P. A. (2015), An improved quantitative measure of the tendency for volcanic ash plumes to form in water: implications for the deposition of marine ash beds, J. Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 290, 114-124

Johnson, B.C., Minton, D.M., Melosh, H.J., Zuber, M.T. (2015) Impact jetting as the origin of chondrules, Nature, 517, 339-341.

Lynch, K., B. Horgan, J. Munakata Marr, J. Hanley, and 5 others (2015). Near-infrared spectroscopy of lacustrine sediments in the Great Salt Lake Desert: An analog study for Martian paleolake basins, J. Geophys. Res., 120, doi:10.1002/2014JE004707.

Milbury, C., Johnson, B.C., Melosh, H.J., Collins, G.S., Blair, D.M., Soderblom, J.M., Nimmo, F., Bierson, C.J., Phillips, R.J., Zuber, M.T. (2015) Preimpact porosity controls the gravity signature of lunar craters, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL066198.

Neumann, G.A., Zuber, M.T., Wieczorek, M.A., Head, J.W., Baker, D.M. H., Solomon, S.C., Smith, D.E., Lemoine, F. G., Mazarico, E. Sabaka, T. J., Gossens, S., Melosh, H.J., Phillips, R.J., Asmar, S. W., Konopliv, A.S., Williams, J.G., Sori, M.M., Soderblom, J.M., Miljkovic, K., Andrews-Hanna, J.C., Nimmo, F., Kiefer, W.S. (2015) Lunar impact basins revealed by Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory measurements, Science Advances, 1:e1500852.

Minton, D.A., J.E Richardson, and C.I. Fassett (2015) Re-examining the main asteroid belt as the primary source of lunar highlands craters. Icarus, 247 (0):172-190. 

Parkos, D., Alexeenko, A., Kulakhmentov, M., Johnson, B. C., Melosh, H. J. (2015) NOx production and rainout from Chicxulub impact ejecta reentry, J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 120, doi:10.1002/2015JE004857.

Soare, R., B. Horgan, S. Conway, C. Souness, M. El Maarry (2015). Volcanic terrain and the possible periglacial formation of “excess ice” at the mid-latitudes of Utopia Planitia, Mars, Earth & Planetary Science Letters, 423, 182–192, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.04.033.

Soderblom, J.M., Evans, A.J., Johnson, B.C., Melosh, H.J., Miljkovic, K.M., Phillips, R.J., Andrews-Hanna, J.C., Bierson, C.J., Head, J.W., Milbury, C., Neumann, G.A., Nimmo, F., Smith, D.E., Solomon, S.C., Sori, M.M., Wieczorek, M.A., Zuber, M.T. (2015) The fractured Moon: Production and saturation of porosity in the lunar highlands from impact cratering, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL065022.

Steckloff, J. K., Johnson, B. C., Bowling, T., Melosh, H. J., Minton, D., Lisse, C. and Battams, K. (2015) Dynamic sublimation pressure and the catastrophic breakup of comet ISON, Icarus, 258, 430-437.


Andrews-Hanna, J.C., Besserer, J., Head, J.W., Howett, C. J. A., Kiefer, W.S., Lucey, P. J., McGovern, P.J., Melosh, H.J., Neumann, G.A., Phillips, R. J., Schenk, P. M., Smith, D. E., Solomon, S.C., Zuber, M.T. (2014) Structure and evolution of the lunar Procellarum region as revealed by GRAIL gravity data. Nature 514, 68-71.

Bray, V. J., Collins, G. S., Morgan, J. V., Melosh, H. J., Schenk, P. M. (2014) Hydrocode simulation of Ganymede and Europa cratering trends—How thick is Europa’s crust?  Icarus, 231, 394-406.

Farrand, W., T. Glotch, B. Horgan (2014). Detection of ferric and ferrous sulfate minerals in the northern Mawrth Vallis region of Mars: Evidence of acid sulfate alteration. Icarus, 241, 346-357, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2014.07.003.

Freed, A. M., Johnson, B. C., Blair, D. M., Melosh, H. J., Neumann, G. A., Phillips, R. J., Solomon, S. C., Wieczorek, M. A., Zuber, M. T. (2014) The formation of lunar mascon basins from impact to contemporary form. J. Geophys Res., 10.1002/2014JE004657.

Horgan, B., E. Cloutis, P. Mann, J. Bell (2014). Near-infrared spectra of ferrous mineral mixtures and methods for their identification in planetary surface spectra, Icarus, 234, 132-154, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2014.02.031.

Johnson, B. C., Bowling, T. J. and Melosh, H. J. (2014) Jetting during vertical impacts of spherical projectiles, Icarus, 238, 13-22.

Johnson, B. C. and Melosh, H. J. (2014) Formation of melt droplets, melt fragments, and impact lapilli during a hypervelocity impact, Icarus, 228, 347-363.

Lucey, P. G., Norman, J. A., Crites, S. T., Taylor, G. J., Hawke, B. R., Lemelin, M., Melosh, H. J. (2014), A large spectral survey of small lunar craters:  Implications for the composition of the lunar mantle, American Mineralogist 99, 2251-2257.

Minton, D.A. and H. Levison (2014) Planetesimal-driven migration of terrestrial planet embryos. Icarus, 232 (0):118-132. 

Melosh, H. J. (2014) New approaches to the Moon’s isotopic crisis, Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. A, 372, 20130168.

Ormö, J., Sturkell, E., Alwmark, C. and Melosh, J. (2014) First known impact of a binary asteroid from a main belt breakup event, Science Reports, 4, 1-5, doi:10.1038/srep06724.

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