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The Complex Magmatic Evolution and Crustal Processes of Asteroid 4 Vesta

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posted on 2021-04-08, 22:57 authored by JENNIFER TALLIS MITCHELL
Asteroid 4 Vesta is a surprisingly complex body, recording a vast range of processes and lithologies with many more likely unsampled by the global meteorite collection. Through multiple modelling and experimental techniques, I have explored Vesta’s magmatic evolution and crustal processes with reference to observations from NASA’s Dawn mission and the howardite-eucrite-diogenite meteorite suite in order to answer longstanding questions regarding the petrogenesis of diogenites and their relationship to eucrites, as well as suggesting what would be expected of the unsampled Vestan mantle.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

Andrew Tomkins

Additional supervisor 1

Sandy Cruden

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Earth, Atmosphere and Environment


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Science