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  Ceres’ Ezinu quadrangle: a heavily cratered region with evidence for localized subsurface water ice and the context of Occator crater

Scully, J. E., Buczkowski, D., Neesemann, A., Williams, D., Mest, S., Raymond, C., et al. (2017). Ceres’ Ezinu quadrangle: a heavily cratered region with evidence for localized subsurface water ice and the context of Occator crater. Icarus, 1-17. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2017.10.038.

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Scully, Jennifer E.C., Author
Buczkowski, D.L., Author
Neesemann, A., Author
Williams, D.A., Author
Mest, S.C., Author
Raymond, C.A., Author
Nass, A., Author
Hughson, K.H.G., Author
Kneissl, T., Author
Pasckert, J.H., Author
Ruesch, O., Author
Frigeri, A., Author
Marchi, S., Author
Combe, J-P., Author
Schmedemann, N., Author
Schmidt, B.E., Author
Chilton, H.T., Author
Russell, C.T., Author
Jaumann, R., Author
Preusker, F., Author
Roatsch, T., AuthorHoffmann, Martin1, Author           Nathues, Andreas1, Author           Schaefer, M.1, AuthorErmakova, A.I., Author more..
1Department Planets and Comets, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max Planck Society, ou_1832288              


Free keywords: Asteroid Ceres Asteroids, surfaces Geological processes Ices Impact processes
 Abstract: Dawn is the first spacecraft to visit and orbit Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt and the only dwarf planet in the inner Solar System. The Dawn science team undertook a systematic geologic mapping campaign of Ceres' entire surface. Here we present our contribution to this mapping campaign, a geologic map and geologic history of the Ezinu quadrangle, located in the northern mid latitudes from 21-66° N and 180-270° E. From our map, we reconstruct the geologic history of Ezinu quadrangle, which is dominated by impact cratering. Large impact craters that formed a few hundreds to tens of millions of years ago, such as Datan, Messor, Ninsar and Occator, are surrounded by ejecta and contain the products of mass wasting (hummocky crater floor material and talus material) and crater-wall collapse (terrace material). Two of these large impact craters are the sources of lobate flows, which we interpret as melt flows emplaced after the ballistically deposited ejecta. Morphological evidence suggests these lobate flows are rich in water-ice-bearing material that was excavated during the formation of the impact craters. There are only a few localized occurrences of lobate flows, suggesting that the water-ice-bearing source materials have restricted extents and/or are deeply buried within Ceres' subsurface. The quadrangle also contains a variety of linear features: secondary crater chains are formed by the impact of locally and globally sourced material and pit chains and grooves are formed by the collapse of surficial materials into sub-surface fractures. The Ezinu quadrangle contains the northern portion of Occator crater, which is the host crater of prominent bright regions called faculae. Our geologic analysis therefore also provides context for the future investigation of Occator and its intriguing faculae.


Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2018-04-1120172017
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2017.10.038
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Title: Icarus
Source Genre: Journal
Publ. Info: Amsterdam : Academic Press
Pages: - Volume / Issue: - Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 1 - 17 Identifier: ISSN: 0019-1035
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954922645023