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Geology of Mars Evidence from Earth-Based Analogs

ISBN-10: 0521832926

ISBN-13: 9780521832922

Edition: 2006

Authors: Mary Chapman, Fran Bagenal, David Jewitt, Carl Murray, Jim Bell

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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.
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Book details

List price: $216.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/17/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 484
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.442

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
Index