The Second Conference on the Lunar Highlands Crust will be held July 13–15, 2012 in Bozeman, Montana, at Montana State University.

The first conference on the Lunar Highlands Crust was held in 1978. Since that seminal meeting, our knowledge of the lunar highlands has advanced enormously. Unimagined new data have become available, notably in orbital remote sensing of mineralogy, chemistry, topography, and gravity; geochronology; and geochemistry, especially isotopic constraints and the abundances and natures of lunar volatiles. These new data are paralleled by new concepts of solar system science, including the importance and timing of impact events (including the one that formed the Moon) and the nature of the early solar system disk and its dynamical instabilities. In light of these advances in the last 34 years, the time seems right for a synoptic reexamination of the lunar highlands crust. The Second Conference on the Lunar Highlands Crust is intended to bring members of the planetary science community together to share their specialized insights into the lunar highlands crust, exchange ideas freely, and perhaps develop new cross-disciplinary ideas and tests of those ideas.

The second announcement, including the call for abstracts, is now available on the conference website:

Meeting Format
The conference will consist of plenary sessions and a poster session over a period of 2.5 days. There will be morning and afternoon oral sessions organized around topical themes, and possibly a few invited presentations. Ample time will be reserved for questions and discussion. A poster session will be held in the evening, with refreshments available.

Field Excursion
The conference venue of Bozeman, Montana, allows participants to examine a portion of the Stillwater Igneous Complex — one of the most-cited terrestrial analogs for igneous rocks of the lunar highlands. On July 12, Dr. Stuart McCallum will lead a day hike up Picket Pin Mountain , with excellent exposures of anorthosites and gabbros of the Upper Banded Series. This trip will be strenuous, involving hiking at high elevation (nearly 10,000 feet) — not for the faint of heart. Space on this field trip will be limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of the trip will be in addition to the conference registration fee. Details of this field excursion will be updated as they are finalized. Please indicate on the Indication of Interest form if you are interested in participating in this excursion.

Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff
Source: NLSI Teams

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