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Martian gullies in the southern mid-latitudes of Mars: Evidence for climate-controlled formation of young fluvial features based upon local and global topography

Dickson, James L. and Head, James W. and Kreslavsky, Mikhail (2007) Martian gullies in the southern mid-latitudes of Mars: Evidence for climate-controlled formation of young fluvial features based upon local and global topography. Icarus, 188 (2). pp. 315-323. ISSN 0019-1035. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20161129-103626907

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Abstract

A new survey of Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) narrow-angle images of gullies in the 30°–45° S latitude band includes their distribution, morphology, local topographic setting, orientation, elevation, and slopes. These new data show that gully formation is favored over a specific range of conditions: elevation (−5000 to +3000 m), slope (>10°), and orientation (83.8% on pole-facing slopes). These data, and the frequent occurrence of gullies on isolated topographic highs, lead us to support the conclusion that climatic-related processes of volatile accumulation and melting driven by orbital variations are the most likely candidate for processes responsible for the geologically recent formation of martian gullies.


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Head, James W.0000-0003-2013-560X
Additional Information:© 2006 Elsevier Inc. Received 22 February 2006; revised 17 October 2006. Available online 23 December 2006. Thanks are extended to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Mars Data Analysis Program, which supported this work with a grant to J.W.H., to Caleb Fassett for discussions and assistance with data processing, and to Anne Côté and Peter Neivert for assistance in manuscript preparation. We also acknowledge Malin Space Science Systems for obtaining and distributing the primary data for this study.
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Subject Keywords:Mars; Mars, surface; Mars, climate; Geological processes
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Official Citation:James L. Dickson, James W. Head, Mikhail Kreslavsky, Martian gullies in the southern mid-latitudes of Mars: Evidence for climate-controlled formation of young fluvial features based upon local and global topography, Icarus, Volume 188, Issue 2, June 2007, Pages 315-323, ISSN 0019-1035, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2006.11.020. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0019103506004386)
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