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J. Brian Balta
J. Brian Balta
Phone:
(979) 845-4959
Email:
balta@tamu.edu
Office:
Halbouty 157
Address:

Department of Geology and Geophysics
Texas A&M University
3115 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-3115


Degrees:

Ph.D in Geology, California Institute of Technology (2010)

B.S. in Geology, Indiana University

Courses:

Mineralogy (GEOL 203)

Introduction to Petrology (GEOL 302)


Links:

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J. Brian Balta

Visiting Professor of Petrology

Research Interests

Igneous petrology, petrogenesis of martian igneous rocks and meteorites, achondrite meteorite petrogenesis, effect of water and other volatiles on magma generation, thermodynamic modeling of melt compositions and conditions.

Selected Publications

Mane P., Hervig R., Wadhwa M., Garvie L. A. J., Balta J. B., and McSween H. Y. 2016. Hydrogen isotopic composition of the Martian mantle inferred from the newest Martian meteorite fall, Tissint. Meteoritics & Planetary Science: In Press

He Q., Xiao L., Balta J. B., Baziotis I. P., Hsu W., and Guan Y. 2015. Petrography and geochemistry of the enriched basaltic shergottite Northwest Africa 2975. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 50(12):2024-2044.

Balta J. B., Sanborn M. E., Udry A., Wadhwa M., and McSween H. Y. 2015. Petrology and trace element geochemistry of Tissint, the newest shergottite fall. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 50(1):63-85.

Udry A., Balta J. B., and McSween H. Y. 2014. Exploring fractionation models for Martian magmas. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets:2013JE004445.

Howarth G. H., Pernet-Fisher J. F., Balta J. B., Barry P. H., Bodnar R. J., and Taylor L. A. 2014. Two-stage polybaric formation of the new enriched, pyroxene-oikocrystic, lherzolitic shergottite, NWA 7397. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 49(10):1812-1830.

Balta J. B. and McSween H. Y. 2013. Water and the composition of Martian magmas. Geology 41(10):1115-1118.

Balta J. B. and McSween H. Y. 2013. Application of the MELTS algorithm to Martian compositions and implications for magma crystallization. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets:2013JE004461.

Howarth G. H., Pernet-Fisher J. F., Balta J. B., Barry P. H., Bodnar R. J., and Taylor L. A. 2014. Two-stage polybaric formation of the new enriched, pyroxene-oikocrystic, lherzolitic shergottite, NWA 7397. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 49(10):1812-1830.

Balta J. B., Asimow P. D., and Mosenfelder J. L. 2011. Manganese partitioning during hydrous melting of peridotite. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75(20):5819-5833.

Balta J. B., Beckett J. R., and Asimow P. D. 2011. Thermodynamic properties of alloys of gold-74/palladium-26 with variable amounts of iron and the use of Au-Pd-Fe alloys as containers for experimental petrology. American Mineralogist 96(10):1467-1474.

Balta J. B., Asimow P. D., and Mosenfelder J. L. 2011. Hydrous, Low-carbon Melting of Garnet Peridotite. Journal of Petrology 52(11):2079-2105.

Ghosh P., Adkins J., Affek H., Balta B., Guo W. F., Schauble E. A., Schrag D., and Eller J. M. 2006. C-13-O-18 bonds in carbonate minerals: A new kind of paleothermometer. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta 70(6):1439-1456.

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