Meeting Location and Dates

We are happy to announce the Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution VI conference scheduled for September 30–October 3, 2019 at the University of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil.

Purpose and Scope

The process of impact cratering, its planetary effects, and its environmental implications have been the subject of five previous Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution conferences. These previous conferences took place, respectively, in Sudbury, Canada (1992, 1997 and 2013); Nördlingen, Germany (2003); and in the Vredefort Dome in South Africa (2008). Note that the LMI in 2019 will be held for the first time in South America. Since LMI IV, several major international drilling and field projects on terrestrial impact structures, as well as new spacecraft missions to the Moon, neighboring planets, asteroids, and comets, have delivered important new insights into cratering processes within the solar system. LMI VI will provide a forum for discussion of recent results and advances, based on natural observations, spacecraft data, experimental results, and numerical simulation studies.

LMI VI will also provide a forum for discussion of pertinent advances in multidisciplinary research on planetary and terrestrial impact cratering, and the effects of this process on target rocks and minerals, as well as its environmental consequences. Remote sensing, geophysical and numerical modeling, geological, geochronological, mineralogical and geochemical, and astrobiological results and implications will be discussed. In addition, the future of impact cratering research, in the broadest sense, will be evaluated.

Potential conference topics:

Model and Experimental Insights into Cratering Processes
The Chronological Record of Terrestrial and Planetary Impact
Impact Cratering on Planetary Bodies
The Status of the Terrestrial Impact Record
Impact Structures of South America
Impactites:  From Proximal to Distal
New Advances in Shock and Metamorphic Investigations
Complex Impact Craters:  Their Formation and Structure
Large Impact Basins:  Their Formation, Structure, and Environmental Effects
Is There Scope for Further Impact Cratering Studies? Quo Vadis?

One suggestion of a special session has been received so far:
Carbon and Organic Matter Under Impact Conditions, Aspects of Astrobiology (Submitted by:  T. Shumilova and M.J. Russell)

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