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Professor David Rothery is a volcanologist and planetary scientist at The Open University, where he is Professor of Planetary Geosciences within the Department of Physical Sciences. He chairs modules in level 2 planetary science, and level 1 volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, and is the lead educator in the Moons MOOC.
Professor David Rothery is a volcanologist and planetary scientist at The Open University, where he is Professor of Planetary Geosciences within the Department of Physical Sciences. In 2006 he was appointed UK Lead Scientist on MIXS (Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer) on the European Space Agency mission to Mercury (to be launched in 2016).
His research interests centre on the study of volcanic activity by means of remote sensing, and volcanology and geoscience in general on other planets.
Books include Planets: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press), Geology: The Key Ideas [Teach Yourself Geology] (Hodder Education), Teach Yourself Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis (Hodder Education), Planet Mercury: From Pale Pink Dot to Dynamic World (Springer-Praxis).
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The essential guide to comets
Amatrice Earthquake: 24th August 2016 - first reactions
Discover Mercury: Safety advice for the Transit of Mercury
Discover Mercury: BepiColombo's instruments
Discover Mercury: The BepiColombo mission
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Jack Wright et al. (2016-02-05) Preliminary findings from geological mapping of the Hokusai (H5) quadrangle of Mercury, In 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
Jack Wright et al. (2016-02-05) Preliminary observations of Rustaveli basin, Mercury, In 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2016)
Rebecca J. Thomas et al. (2015-12-01) Explosive volcanism in complex impact craters on Mercury and the Moon: influence of tectonic regime on depth of magmatic intrusion, In Earth and Planetary Science Letters(431)
Professor David Rothery (2015-11-26) Moons: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press
Peter] [Fawdon et al. (2015-06-17) The geological history of Nili Patera, Mars, In Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 5(120)
Rebecca J. Thomas et al. (2015-04) A cone on Mercury: analysis of a residual central peak encircled by an explosive volcanic vent, In Planetary and Space Science(108)
Peter] [Fawdon et al. (2015-03) Evolving magmas, explosive eruptions and hydrothermal deposits at Nili Patea Caldera, Syrtis Major, Mars, In 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
Professor David Rothery (2015) Planet Mercury - from Pale Pink Dot to Dynamic World, Springer
Rebecca J. Thomas et al. (2014-10) Mechanisms of explosive volcanism on Mercury: implications from its global distribution and morphology, In Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 10(119)
Rebecca J. Thomas et al. (2014) Long-lived explosive volcanism on Mercury, In Geophysical Research Letters 17(41)