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The geology of the Nawish quadrangle of Ceres: The rim of an ancient basin

Frigeri, A. and Schmedemann, N. and Williams, D.A. and Chemin, Y. and Mirino, M. and Naß, Andrea and Giacomo, F. and Castillo-Rogez, J. and Buczkowski, D.L. and Scully, J.E.C. and Park, R.S. and Crown, D.A. and Mest, S. and Federico, C. and Ammannito, E. and De Sanctis, M.C. and Raymond, C.A. and Russell, C.T. (2018) The geology of the Nawish quadrangle of Ceres: The rim of an ancient basin. Icarus, 316, pp. 114-127. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2018.08.015. ISSN 0019-1035.

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Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0019103516308132


Herein we present the geology of the Nawish quadrangle, located in the equatorial region of dwarf planet Ceres, named after one of the most prominent craters of the area. Geologic mapping was based on the image mosaics and digital terrain models derived from Dawn Framing Camera data. Interpretation of geologic units was supported by supplemental data, such as the multi spectral color images from the Framing Camera, and the spectral parameters derived from the Visible and Infrared Spectrometer (VIR) data, as well as Dawn gravity data. There is not a primary feature that dominates the geology of Nawish quadrangle, but rather several terrains overlap, and their relations explain the geology of the area. Crater size frequency distributions show that Nawish quadrangle is dominated by two distinct time domains. The central and eastern part of the quadrangle is topographically elevated, which we define as cratered highlands, and contains the older domain. The western lowlands show two younger domains related to impact craters Kerwan and Dantu, including the Kerwan smooth material and Dantu ejecta. This variation of elevation within the Nawish quadrangle is more than the half of the global topographic altitude variation on Ceres. Analysis and comparison of the topography of the Nawish quadrangle with surrounding ones shows that this quadrangle is dominated by the topography of the rim sector of a large, >800 km ancient impact basin, most likely the putative Vendimia Planitia. The Nawish quadrangle thus represents a sector of Ceres which has not undergone large-scale, post-Kerwan, intermediate age-events, but rather represents a place on Ceres where a well-preserved relict of old cerean crust can be studied, together with ejecta from more recent impact events.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/124630/
Document Type:Article
Title:The geology of the Nawish quadrangle of Ceres: The rim of an ancient basin
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Frigeri, A.National Institute of Astrophysics, Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schmedemann, N.Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 3, 37077 Göttingen, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Williams, D.A.Arizona State UniversityUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Chemin, Y.Joint Research Center, Ispra, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mirino, M.Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, United KingdomUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Naß, AndreaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7172-5170UNSPECIFIED
Giacomo, F.INAF-IAPS, Via del Fosso del Cavaliere 100, I-00133 Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Castillo-Rogez, J.Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology,UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Buczkowski, D.L.Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd. Laurel, MD 20723-6099, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Scully, J.E.C.NASA JPL, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CaliforniaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Park, R.S.Jet Propulsion Laboratory,California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Crown, D.A.Planetary Science InstituteUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mest, S.Planetary Science Institute, 1700 E. Ft. Lowell, Suite 106, Tucson, AZ, 85719, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Federico, C.Università di Perugia, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ammannito, E.INAF, Istituto di Fisica Dello Spazio Interplanetario, Roma, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
De Sanctis, M.C.Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Rome, Italy.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Raymond, C.A.Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91109-8099, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Russell, C.T.Institute of Geophysics, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Icarus
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 114-127
Keywords:Ceres, Dawn, Geology, Geologic mapping, GIS
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project DAWN (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
Deposited By: Eckart, Lisa Maria
Deposited On:10 Dec 2018 09:52
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:26

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