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Periglacial landscapes on Svalbard: Terrestrial analogs for cold-climate landforms on Mars

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E. Hauber
E. Hauber
1 Institut für Planetenforschung, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (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, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Rutherfordstrasse 2, 12489 Berlin, Germany
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F. Trauthan
F. Trauthan
1 Institut für Planetenforschung, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (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, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (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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M. Olvmo
M. Olvmo
4 Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Box 460, SE-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden
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E. Carlsson
E. Carlsson
5 Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Box 812, SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden
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H.A.B. Johansson
H.A.B. Johansson
6 Department of Earth Sciences, Stockholm University, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden
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S. McDaniel
S. McDaniel
7 Reactive Surfaces, Ltd., 300 West Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701, USA
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Published:
December 01, 2011

We present landforms on Svalbard (Norway) as terrestrial analogs for possible Martian periglacial surface features. While there are closer climatic analogs for Mars, e.g., the Antarctic Dry Valleys, Svalbard has unique advantages that make it a very useful study area. Svalbard is easily accessible and offers a periglacial landscape where many different landforms can be encountered in close spatial proximity. These landforms include thermal contraction cracks, slope stripes, rock glaciers, protalus ramparts, and pingos, all of which have close morphological analogs on Mars. The combination of remote-sensing data, in particular images and digital elevation models, with field work is a promising approach in analog studies and facilitates acquisition of first-hand experience with permafrost environments. Based on the morphological ambiguity of certain landforms such as pingos, we recommend that Martian cold-climate landforms should not be investigated in isolation, but as part of a landscape system in a geological context.

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GSA Special Papers

Analogs for Planetary Exploration

W. Brent Garry
W. Brent Garry
Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona, USA
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Jacob E. Bleacher
Jacob E. Bleacher
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Planetary Geodynamics Lab, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
483
ISBN print:
9780813724836
Publication date:
December 01, 2011

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