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Geological mapping of the Ac-10 Rongo Quadrangle of Ceres

Platz, Thomas and Nathues, A. and Sizemore, H. and Crown, D.A. and Hoffmann, M. and Schäfer, M. and Schmedemann, N. and Kneissl, T. and Neesemann, Adrian and Mest, S. and Buczkowski, D.L. and Ruesch, O. and Hughson, K. and Naß, Andrea and Williams, D.A. and Preusker, Frank (2018) Geological mapping of the Ac-10 Rongo Quadrangle of Ceres. Icarus, 316, pp. 140-153. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2017.08.001 ISSN 0019-1035

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Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0019103517300453


The Dawn spacecraft arrived at dwarf planet Ceres in spring 2015 and imaged its surface from four successively lower polar orbits at ground sampling dimensions between ∼1.3 km/px and ∼35 m/px. To understand the geological history of Ceres a mapping campaign was initiated to produce a set of 15 quadrangle-based geological maps using the highest-resolution Framing Camera imagery. Here we present the geological map of the Ac-10 Rongo Quadrangle, which is located at the equator encompassing the region from 22°N to 22°S and 288° to 360°E. The total relief within the quadrangle is 11.1 km with altitudes ranging from about −7.3 km to +3.8 km. We identified nine geological units based on surface morphology and surface textural characteristics. The dominant and most widespread unit is the cratered terrain (crt) representing ancient reworked crustal material. Its consistent formation age across the quadrangle is 1.8 Ga. Two edifices (unit th), Ahuna Mons and an unnamed tholus within Begbalel Crater, are interpreted to be of (cryo)volcanic origin. The southwest portion of the quadrangle is dominated by ejecta material (Ye) emplaced during the formation of the 260-km diameter Yalode impact basin at about 580 Ma. Rayed crater ejecta material (cr) is dominant in the eastern part of the quadrangle but also occurs in isolated patches up to a distance of 455 km from the 34 km diameter source crater Haulani. The remaining five geological units also represent impact crater materials: degraded rim (crdeg), bright crater (cb), hummocky floor (cfh), talus (ta), and crater (c) materials. Widespread Yalode and Haulani ejecta materials can potentially be utilised as stratigraphic markers. Therefore, it is essential to consistently map their full areal extent and to date their formations using impact crater statistics.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/124621/
Document Type:Article
Title:Geological mapping of the Ac-10 Rongo Quadrangle of Ceres
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Platz, ThomasMax Planck Institut für SonnensystemforschungUNSPECIFIED
Nathues, A.Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 3, 37077 Göttingen, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Sizemore, H.planetary science institute, tucson, az, united states.UNSPECIFIED
Crown, D.A.Planetary Science InstituteUNSPECIFIED
Hoffmann, M.Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 3, 37077 Göttingen, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Schäfer, M.Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research , Katlenburg-Lindau, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Schmedemann, N.Freie Universitaet Berlin, Inst. of Geosciences, Planetology and Remote Sensing, Malteserstr. 74, 12249 Berlin, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Kneissl, T.Freie Universität Berlin, Inst. of Geosciences, Planetology and Remote SensingUNSPECIFIED
Neesemann, AdrianFU BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Mest, S.Planetary Science Institute, 1700 E. Ft. Lowell, Suite 106, Tucson, AZ, 85719, USAUNSPECIFIED
Buczkowski, D.L.Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd. Laurel, MD 20723-6099, USAUNSPECIFIED
Ruesch, O.NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterUNSPECIFIED
Hughson, K.University of California Los AngelesUNSPECIFIED
Naß, AndreaAndrea.Nass (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7172-5170
Williams, D.A.Arizona State UniversityUNSPECIFIED
Preusker, Frankfrank.preusker (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Icarus
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.icarus.2017.08.001
Page Range:pp. 140-153
Keywords:Ceres, Dawn, asteroid surfaces, Cratering, Impact processes, Image Processing, Volcanism
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 > Planetary Geodesy
Deposited By: Eckart, Lisa Maria
Deposited On:10 Dec 2018 09:57
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:26

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