2002 - Penrose Medal, The Geological Society of America
1993 - Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1991 - Member of the National Academy of Sciences
1989 - Fellow of American Geophysical Union (AGU)
1983 - Fellow of John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Fellow of the Geological Society of America
Walter Alvarez mainly focuses on Paleontology, Cretaceous, Extinction event, Impact crater and Iridium anomaly. Paleontology is closely attributed to Mediterranean climate in his work. His research integrates issues of Tektite, Tertiary and Sedimentary rock, Geochemistry, Basalt in his study of Cretaceous.
Walter Alvarez merges Extinction event with Comet in his study. Walter Alvarez performs multidisciplinary studies into Iridium anomaly and Meteorite in his work. He works mostly in the field of Stratigraphy, limiting it down to topics relating to Magnetic anomaly and, in certain cases, Anomaly and Paleomagnetism, as a part of the same area of interest.
His main research concerns Paleontology, Cretaceous, Geochemistry, Impact crater and Boundary. His work on Paleomagnetism, Stratigraphy and Tectonics as part of general Paleontology research is frequently linked to Extinction event and Iridium anomaly, thereby connecting diverse disciplines of science. His studies in Stratigraphy integrate themes in fields like Carbonate rock, Outcrop, Marl and Sequence.
In his research on the topic of Cretaceous, Section is strongly related with Magnetic anomaly. Walter Alvarez has researched Geochemistry in several fields, including Tektite, Mineralogy and Geomorphology. His work on Meteorite craters as part of general Impact crater research is often related to Shocked quartz, thus linking different fields of science.
His scientific interests lie mostly in Geochemistry, Seismology, Cretaceous, Paleontology and Breccia. His study in Geochemistry is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing from both Subduction, Continental collision, Ophiolite and Eclogitization. His work in the fields of Shear zone and Protolith overlaps with other areas such as Mesoscopic physics and Event.
The Cretaceous study combines topics in areas such as Asteroid belt, Chondrite, Meteorite, Phanerozoic and Pelagic zone. His Paleontology research includes elements of Achondrite and Surge. His Breccia research is multidisciplinary, incorporating elements of Carbonate rock, Mineralogy and Clastic rock.
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Extraterrestrial Cause for the Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction
Luis W. Alvarez;Walter Alvarez;Frank Asaro;Helen V. Michel.
T. Rex and the Crater of Doom
Coeval 40Ar/39Ar Ages of 65.0 Million Years Ago from Chicxulub Crater Melt Rock and Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary Tektites.
Carl C. Swisher;José M. Grajales-Nishimura;Alessandro Montanari;Stanley V. Margolis.
Fragmentation of the Alpine orogenic belt by microplate dispersal
Walter Alvarez;Tommaso Cocozza;Forese C. Wezel.
Comet showers as a cause of mass extinctions
Piet Hut;Walter Alvarez;William P. Elder;Thor Hansen.
One hundred million years of geomagnetic polarity history
William Lowrie;Walter Alvarez.
Rotation of the Corsica–Sardinia Microplate
Upper Cretaceous–Paleocene magnetic stratigraphy at Gubbio, Italy V. Type section for the Late Cretaceous-Paleocene geomagnetic reversal time scale
Walter Alvarez;Michael A. Arthur;Alfred G. Fischer;William Lowrie.
Geological Society of America Bulletin (1977)
Tektite-bearing, deep-water clastic unit at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary in northeastern Mexico.
Jan Smit;Alessandro Montanari;Nicola H.M. Swinburne;Walter Alvarez.
Evidence from crater ages for periodic impacts on the Earth
Walter Alvarez;Richard A. Muller.
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