Geology of Mars Evidence from Earth-Based Analogs
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Research into the geological processes operating on Mars relies on interpretation of images and other data returned by unmanned orbiters, probes and landers. Such interpretations are based on our knowledge of processes occurring on Earth and terrestrial analog studies therefore play an important role in understanding the geological features observed on Mars. This is the first book to present direct comparisons between locales on Earth and Mars, and contains contributions from leading planetary geologists to demonstrate the parallels and differences between these two neighboring planets. Mars is characterized by a wide range of geological phenomena that also occur on Earth, including tectonic, volcanic, impact cratering, eolian, fluvial, glacial and possibly lacustrine and marine processes. The book provides terrestrial analogs for newly acquired data sets from Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, Mars Exploration Rovers and Mars Express, and will therefore be a key reference for students and researchers of planetary science.
List price: $216.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/17/2007
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
|Preface: the rationale for planetary analog studies|
|List of contributors|
|The geology of Mars: new insights and outstanding questions|
|Impact structures on Earth and Mars|
|Terrestrial analogs to the calderas of the Tharsis volcanoes on Mars|
|Volcanic features of New Mexico analogous to volcanic features on Mars|
|Comparison of flood lavas on Earth and Mars|
|Rootless volcanic cones in Iceland and on Mars|
|Mars interior layered deposits and terrestrial sub-ice volcanoes compared: observations and interpretations of similar geomorphic characteristics|
|Lava-sediment interactions on Mars: evidence and consequences|
|Eolian dunes and deposits in the western United States as analogs to wind-related features on Mars|
|Debris flows in Greenland and on Mars|
|Siberian rivers and Martian outflow channels: an analogy|
|Formation of valleys and cataclysmic flood channels on Earth and Mars|
|Playa environments on Earth: possible analogs for Mars|
|Signatures of habitats and life in Earth's high-altitude lakes: clues to Noachian aqueous environments on Mars|
|The Canyonlands model for planetary grabens: revised physical basis and implications|
|Geochemical analogs and Martian meteorites|
|Integrated analog mission design for planetary exploration with humans and robots|