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Evidence of Low-latitude Fluvial and Glacial Activity during the Martian Amazonian Era

By SpaceRef Editor
July 25, 2018
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Michael F. Zeilnhofer, Colin Orion Chandler, Nadine G. Barlow
(Submitted on 25 Jul 2018)

The Martian obliquity cycle is predominately influenced by Solar and Jovian tidal forces. The present-day axial tilt of Mars (25 degrees) is predicted to cycle between 0 degrees and 60 degrees (Mischna & Richardson 2005) with excursions up to 80 degrees(Laskar et al. 2004). We focused on Arabia Terra, a region especially well-suited for studying glacial migration due to its location in the northern mid-latitude (20-40 degrees North, 0-30 degrees East) zone, and its heavily cratered terrain. We created glacial and fluvial morphology distribution maps with the ESRI Aeronautical Reconnaissance Coverage Geographic Information System (ArcGIS). We determined the ages of our craters in order to establish a time-domain link between the Martian obliquity cycle and glacial migration; we found the average crater age to be roughly 2 billion years old.

Subjects:    Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Journal reference:    Michael F. Zeilnhofer et al 2018 Res. Notes AAS 2 118
DOI:    10.3847/2515-5172/aad09d
Cite as:    arXiv:1807.09716 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1807.09716v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
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From: Michael Zeilnhofer
[v1] Wed, 25 Jul 2018 16:41:18 GMT (1025kb,D)

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