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Landscape evolution in Martian mid-latitude regions: insights from analogous periglacial landforms in Svalbard

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E. Hauber
E. Hauber
1
Institut für Planetenforschung, DLR, Rutherfordstrasse 2, 12489 Berlin, Germany
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D. Reiss
D. Reiss
2
Institut für Planetologie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, 48149 Münster, Germany
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M. Ulrich
M. Ulrich
3
Alfred-Wegener-Institut, 14473 Potsdam, Germany
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F. Preusker
F. Preusker
1
Institut für Planetenforschung, DLR, Rutherfordstrasse 2, 12489 Berlin, Germany
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F. Trauthan
F. Trauthan
1
Institut für Planetenforschung, DLR, Rutherfordstrasse 2, 12489 Berlin, Germany
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M. Zanetti
M. Zanetti
2
Institut für Planetologie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, 48149 Münster, Germany
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H. Hiesinger
H. Hiesinger
2
Institut für Planetologie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, 48149 Münster, Germany
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R. Jaumann
R. Jaumann
1
Institut für Planetenforschung, DLR, Rutherfordstrasse 2, 12489 Berlin, Germany
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L. Johansson
L. Johansson
4
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Box 460, SE-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden
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A. Johnsson
A. Johnsson
4
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Box 460, SE-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden
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S. Van Gasselt
S. Van Gasselt
5
Institut für Geologische Wissenschaften, Freie Universität Berlin, Malteserstrasse 74-100, 12249 Berlin, Germany
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M. Olvmo
M. Olvmo
4
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Box 460, SE-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden
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Published:
January 01, 2011

Abstract

Periglacial landforms on Spitsbergen (Svalbard, Norway) are morphologically similar to landforms on Mars that are probably related to the past and/or present existence of ice at or near the surface. Many of these landforms, such as gullies, debris-flow fans, polygonal terrain, fractured mounds and rock-glacier-like features, are observed in close spatial proximity in mid-latitude craters on Mars. On Svalbard, analogous landforms occur in strikingly similar proximity, which makes them useful study cases to infer the spatial and chronological evolution of Martian cold-climate surface processes. The analysis of the morphological inventory of analogous landforms on Svalbard and Mars allows the processes operating on Mars to be constrained. Different qualitative scenarios of landscape evolution on Mars help to better understand the action of periglacial processes on Mars in the recent past.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Martian Geomorphology

M. R. Balme
M. R. Balme
Open University, UK
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A. S. Bargery
A. S. Bargery
Lancaster University, UK
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C. J. Gallagher
C. J. Gallagher
University College Dublin, Ireland
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S. Gupta
S. Gupta
Imperial College London, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
356
ISBN electronic:
9781862396043
Publication date:
January 01, 2011

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