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  Grid Mapping the Northern Plains of Mars: Geomorphological, Radar, and Water‐Equivalent Hydrogen Results From Arcadia Plantia

Ramsdale, J. D., Balme, M. R., Gallagher, C., Conway, S. J., Smith, I. B., Hauber, E., et al. (2019). Grid Mapping the Northern Plains of Mars: Geomorphological, Radar, and Water‐Equivalent Hydrogen Results From Arcadia Plantia. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 124(2), 504-527. doi:10.1029/2018JE005663.

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Ramsdale, Jason D., Author
Balme, Matthew R., Author
Gallagher, Colman, Author
Conway, Susan J., Author
Smith, Isaac B., Author
Hauber, Ernst, Author
Orgel, Csilla, Author
Séjourné, Antoine, Author
Costard, Francois, Author
Eke, Vince R., Author
van Gasselt, Stephan A., Author
Johnsson, Andreas, Author
Kereszturi, Akos, Author
Losiak, Anna, Author
Massey, Richard J., Author
Platz, Thomas1, Author              
Reiss, Dennis, Author
Skinner, James A., Author
Swirad, Zuzanna M., Author
Teodoro, Luis F. A., Author
Wilson, Jack T., Author more..
1Department Planets and Comets, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max Planck Society, ou_1832288              


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 Abstract: A project of mapping ice‐related landforms was undertaken to understand the role of subsurface ice in the northern plains. This work is the first continuous regional mapping from CTX (ConTeXt Camera, 6 m/pixel; Malin et al., 2007) imagery in Arcadia Planitia along a strip 300 km across stretching from 30°N to 80°N centered on the 170°W line of longitude. The distribution and morphotypes of these landforms were used to understand the permafrost cryolithology. The mantled and textured signatures occur almost ubiquitously between 35°N and 78°N and have a positive spatial correlation with inferred ice stability based on thermal modeling, neutron spectroscopy, and radar data. The degradational features into the LDM (latitude‐dependent mantle) include pits, scallops, and 100‐m polygons and provide supporting evidence for subsurface ice and volatile loss between 35 and 70°N in Arcadia with the mantle between 70 and 78°N appearing much more intact. Pitted terrain appears to be much more pervasive in Arcadia than in Acidalia and Utopia suggesting that the Arcadia study area had more widespread near‐surface subsurface ice and thus was more susceptible to pitting or that the ice was less well buried by sediments. Correlations with ice stability models suggest that lack of pits north of 65–70°N could indicate a relatively young age (~1 Ma); however, this could also be explained through regional variations in degradation rates. The deposition of the LDM is consistent with an air fall hypothesis; however, there appears to be substantial evidence for fluvial processes in southern Arcadia with older, underlying processes being equally dominant with the LDM and degradation thereof in shaping the landscape.


Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2019
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1029/2018JE005663
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Title: Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets
  Other : JGR-E
  Abbreviation : J. Geophys. Res. - E
Source Genre: Journal
Publ. Info: Washington, D.C. : American Geophysical Union
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 124 (2) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 504 - 527 Identifier: ISSN: 2169-9100
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/2169-9100