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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… Expand
Geologic history of Mars
Abstract Mars accumulated and differentiated into crust, mantle and core within a few tens of millions of years of Solar System formation. Formation of Hellas, which has been adopted as the base of… Expand
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… Expand
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… Expand
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. Expand
The timing of martian valley network activity : Constraints from buffered crater counting
Abstract Valley networks, concentrations of dendritic channels that often suggest widespread pluvial and fluvial activity, have been cited as indicators that the climate of Mars differed… Expand
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. Expand
Valley network-fed, open-basin lakes on Mars: Distribution and implications for Noachian surface and subsurface hydrology
Abstract A new catalog of 210 open-basin lakes (lakes with outlet valleys) fed by valley networks shows that they are widely distributed in the Noachian uplands of Mars. In order for an outlet valley… Expand
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,… Expand
Antarctic dry valleys: Microclimate zonation, variable geomorphic processes, and implications for assessing climate change on Mars
The Antarctic Dry Valleys (ADV) are generally classified as a hyper-arid, cold-polar desert. The region has long been considered an important terrestrial analog for Mars because of its generally cold… Expand