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Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter: Experiment summary after the first year of global mapping of Mars
The Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA), an instrument on the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, has measured the topography, surface roughness, and 1.064-μm reflectivity of Mars and the heights of…
Ages and stratigraphy of mare basalts in Oceanus Procellarum, Mare Nubium, Mare Cognitum, and Mare Insularum
Accurate estimates of mare basalt ages are necessary to place constraints on the duration and the flux of lunar volcanism as well as on the petrogenesis of lunar mare basalts and their relationship…
Ages of Mare Basalts on the Lunar Nearside: A Synthesis
The chronology of lunar volcanism is based on radiometric ages determined from Apollo and Luna landing site samples, regional stratigraphic relationships, and crater degradation and size-frequency…
Geologic history of Mars
Recent ice ages on Mars
Evidence is shown that dusty, water-ice-rich mantling deposits on Mars formed during a geologically recent ice age that occurred from about 2.1 to 0.4 Myr ago, a key pacemaker of ice ages on the Earth.
Valley network-fed, open-basin lakes on Mars: Distribution and implications for Noachian surface and subsurface hydrology
The timing of martian valley network activity : Constraints from buffered crater counting
Global resurfacing of Mercury 4.0–4.1 billion years ago by heavy bombardment and volcanism
The findings suggest that persistent volcanism could have been aided by the surge of basin-scale impacts during this bombardment of Mercury, suggesting that resurfacing was global and was due to volcanism, as previously suggested.
The global topography of Mars and implications for surface evolution.
Elevations measured by the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter have yielded a high-accuracy global map of the topography of Mars. Dominant features include the low northern hemisphere, the Tharsis province,…
Internal structure and early thermal evolution of Mars from Mars Global Surveyor topography and gravity.
The strength of the lithosphere beneath the ancient southern highlands suggests that the northern hemisphere was a locus of high heat flow early in martian history and the thickness of the elastic lithosphere increases with time of loading in the northern plains and Tharsis.