Dr. Horton E. Newsom

Senior Research Scientist III

Manager, LIBS Laboratory & Outreach

Institute of Meteoritics

MSC03 2050

1 University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001


Phone: 505-277-0375

Fax: 505-277-3577

Email: newsom /at/ unm /dot/ edu

Ph.D. University of Arizona, 1982

Research interests: My research about Mars involves the study of processes involving soil, water, and impact craters on Mars, using remote sensing data and terrestrial analogues. Large impact craters on Mars may represent excellent locations to search for environments suitable for the evolution of life on Mars. Determining the origin of the soil on Mars can provide clues to the evolution of the surface. I am also studying the geochemistry of the origin and evolution of the terrestrial planets, moons and asteroids. An additional effort involves educational outreach activities for K-12 students, and teacher training in science.


Recent Publications

Newsom H. E., Hagerty J. J., and Goff F. (1999) Mixed hydrothermal fluids and the origin of the Martian soil, Journal of Geophysical Research 104:8717-8728.

Newsom H. E., Sims K. W. W., Noll P. D. Jr., Jaeger W. L., Maehr S. A., and Beserra, T. B. (1996) The abundance of W in the bulk silicate Earth: Constraints on core formation. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 60:1155-1169.

Newsom H. E. (1996) Martians in a deep freeze, (News and Views) Nature 379:205-206.

Newsom H. E., Britelle G. E., Hibbitts C. A., Crossey L. J., and Kudo A. M. (1996) Impact cratering and the formation of crater lakes on Mars. Journal of Geophysical Research 101:14,951-14,955.

Newsom H. E. and Hagerty, J. J. (1997) Chemical components of the Martian soil: melt degassing, hydrothermal alteration and chondritic debris. Journal of Geophysical Research 102:19,345-19,356.