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S E D I M E N T O L O G Y  .  .  S T R A T I G R A P H Y  .  .  T E C T O N I C S
       Brian A. Hampton
       Assistant Professor
       PhD - Purdue University (2006)
       Dept. of  Geological Sciences/MSC 3AB
       P.O. Box 30001
       New Mexico State University
       Las Cruces, NM 88003 USA

       Email:  bhampton@nmsu.edu
       Phone:  575 - 646 - 2997  
       Office:  Gardiner Hall - 158
H O M E R E S E A R C H T E A C H I N G R E S E A R C H ....G R O U P P U B L I C A T I O N S C V
R E S E A R C H     F O C U S
          My research centers on the interplay between erosion and sedimentation with particular emphasis on field- based studies 
   that examine the stratigraphic history and tectonic evolution of sedimentary basins. .Our research group applies the skill sets 
   of sedimentology, stratigraphy, structure, petrology, geochronology, geochemistry, and geologic mapping to better 
   understand the exhumation history of  mountain belts as preserved in sedimentary basins. The primary  aim with these 
   approaches is to comprehensively analyze the stratigraphic record across a range of scales that includes:
 ..........(1)  System-scale studies that utilize sedimentary facies and stratigraphic architectural to better understand internal and 
                      external controls on sedimentation and the organization of depositional systems
 ..........(2)  Basin-scale provenance studies that utilize trends in sandstone modal composition and detrital geochronology and 
                      geochemistry to better constrain sediment source and dispersal patterns
.......... (3)  Lithosphere-scale studies that involve identification of modern and active tectonic settings as analogs for ancient 
                      plate and basin configurations
  
 S I G N I F I C A N C E   A N D   I M P A C T
          Sedimentary basin strata contain numerous potential data sets that can be used to address a wide range of scientific 
   questions. .Modern and ancient sedimentary deposits contain the stratigraphic record of both local and regional tectonic, 
   climate, and  sea-level changes in the recent past and throughout Earth's history.  Sedimentary basins  also contain a 
   majority of the Earth's oil, natural gas, and coal resources in addition to subsurface water resources in the form of 
   groundwater aquifers.  Modern sedimentary basins are often located in some of the more fertile regions on Earth resulting 
   in them  housing much of the world's agriculture and sustaining large population centers. .Some of these highly-populated 
   regions (e.g., Istanbul, Taiwan, central China, southern California) are near modern plate boundaries that are characterized 
   by seismically-active faults and  deformation from large earthquakes.  
          At the largest scale, the stratigraphic record allows us to better understand how Earth's tectonic and climatic systems 
   evolved throughout geologic time. .A comprehensive understanding of the architecture and organization of sedimentary 
   deposits  aids in predicting the location and volume of water and hydrocarbon-related natural resources in sedimentary 
   basins. 


R E S E A R C H     H I G H L I G H T S
          "Shedding light on the Farewell terrane, SW Alaska" - Research Media/International Innovations

          "NMSU research in southern Alaska" - Las Cruces Sun News  

          "Field geology in the Alaska backcountry" - Las Cruces Sun News
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