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Stratigraphic sequences of Martian erosion features

Jaumann, R. and Reiss, D. and Gasselt, S. van (2003) Stratigraphic sequences of Martian erosion features. XXVIII European Geophysical Society General Assembly, Nice, France, April 7-11, 2003.

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Abstract

Erosion on Mars exhibit a wide variation of fluviatile, periglacial, glacial and eolian surface features. Valley networks, outflow channels, fretted terrain, polygons, thumbprint terrain, thermokarst, eskers, and pingos are the relicts of water and ice driven erosional processes. Based on MOLA and MOC data we examined the morphometric parameters of these features, their areal distribution and their relative age based on superposition and intersection relations and crater densities. In general erosional features are related to each other: valley networks drain into regional depressions from which in most chases large outflow channels originate from chaotic terrain or faults while periglacial and glacial surface features are concentrated at the termination of outflow channels. In other regions valley formation is correlated to the erosion of the highland lowland boundary or glacial features are found in the source regions of south polar valleys. The stratigraphic positions of erosional features also show a general sequence. Valley networks are the oldest features followed by outflow channels and periglacial and glacial landforms are the youngest. Both the areal and temporal distribution of erosional features indicate a constant decrease of erosion processes, which may be related to geological changes like internal cooling rather than to climate changes. Subsurface cycling of H2O is the most plausible mechanism to explain the observed erosion features.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2003,
Title:Stratigraphic sequences of Martian erosion features
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Jaumann, R.UNSPECIFIED
Reiss, D.UNSPECIFIED
Gasselt, S. vanUNSPECIFIED
Date:2003
Status:Published
Event Title:XXVIII European Geophysical Society General Assembly, Nice, France, April 7-11, 2003
Organizer:EGS-AGU
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):UNSPECIFIED
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institut für Weltraumsensorik und Planetenerkundung
Deposited By: Susanne Pieth
Deposited On:16 Sep 2005
Last Modified:14 Jan 2010 19:21

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