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Goro Komatsu

Goro Komatsu is a Senior Scientist at the International Research School of Planetary Sciences and Associate Professor at Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Geologia, both of Università degli Studi "G. d'Annunzio" Chieti–Pescara, Italy. He is also a Guest Principal Scientist at the Planetary Exploration Research Center, Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan. Goro Komatsu is a geologist with interest in processes shaping surfaces of planetary bodies including terrestrial planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Moon, Mars), asteroids, and icy satellites. Much of his works are conducted with a comparative planetology approach, resulting in extensive terrestrial analog studies in many parts of the world. The main topics in his works are water-related sedimentary and geomorphological processes such as those involved in the environments of oceans, lakes, rivers, floods, glaciers, and groundwater. He works also on impact craters and magmatic/sedimentary volcanism.

Where Mud Meets Magma

Mud volcanism is widely recognized as an important process in sedimentary systems where large quantities of fine-grained materials are pumped up from subsurface sources as deep as many kilometers and erupt on the surface together with water and other fluids […]