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Ring-mold craters on Ceres: Evidence for shallow subsurface water ice sources

Krohn, Katrin and Neesemann, Adrian and Jaumann, R. and Otto, Katharina A. and Stephan, Katrin and Wagner, Roland and Tosi, F. and Zambon, F. and Ruesch, O. and Williams, D.A. and Raymond, C.A. and Russell, C.T. (2018) Ring-mold craters on Ceres: Evidence for shallow subsurface water ice sources. Geophysical Research Letters, 45 (16), pp. 8121-8128. Wiley. DOI: 10.1029/2018GL078697 ISSN 0094-8276

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One of the main tasks of the Dawn mission is to characterize the potentially ice‐rich crust of the dwarf planet Ceres. Ongoing studies reveal morphological features related to ice‐rich material such as pits or particular landslides. Here we report the identification of ring‐mold craters within the huge impact crater Occator. The Cerean ring‐mold craters exhibit strong morphological similarities to the ring‐mold craters on Mars, where ice‐rich material is thought to be involved in such crater development. We discuss the occurrence of water ice reservoirs in the subsurface and assume that ice‐rich material likely plays an important role in the development of ring‐mold craters on Ceres. The occurrence of ring‐mold craters on the surface of Ceres is not only a sign of water ice reservoirs in the subsurface but can also be used for the study of habitable zones on planetary bodies.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/122373/
Document Type:Article
Title:Ring-mold craters on Ceres: Evidence for shallow subsurface water ice sources
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Krohn, Katrinkatrin.krohn (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8518-4985
Neesemann, AdrianFU BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Jaumann, R.ralf.jaumann (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Otto, Katharina A.Katharina.Otto (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0675-1177
Stephan, KatrinKatrin.Stephan (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wagner, RolandRoland.Wagner (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Tosi, F.INAF-IASF Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica, Roma ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Zambon, F.INAF-IAPS, Via del Fosso del Cavaliere 100, I-00133 Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Ruesch, O.ottaviano.ruesch (at) nasa.govUNSPECIFIED
Williams, D.A.Arizona State UniversityUNSPECIFIED
Raymond, C.A.Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91109-8099, USAUNSPECIFIED
Russell, C.T.Institute of Geophysics, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095UNSPECIFIED
Date:20 August 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Geophysical Research Letters
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1029/2018GL078697
Page Range:pp. 8121-8128
Keywords:subsurface ice, asteroids, dwarf planet, cryovolcanism, crater Formation, ice
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Science and Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Projekt DAWN
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
Institute of Planetary Research > Asteroids and Comets
Deposited By: Krohn, Dr.rer.nat Katrin
Deposited On:29 Oct 2018 10:39
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:20

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