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The Nature of Martian Flow Ejecta CratersEjecta with flow features and discrete termini surround many fresh Martian craters. Several morphologies of the flow-like ejecta are observed; they are found globally and in nearly all terrains. It is suggested that the morphology of flow ejecta craters is related to the amount of subsurface volatiles and/or to atmospheric drag effects. It was attempted to constrain factors which could contribute to the ejecta morphology such as latitude, elevation, and terrain unit, however, they involved only one or two constrained variables or used global data sets based on Mariner 9 information. Viking-based data sets are becoming available and may provide a better base from which an understanding of the factors which governs ejecta morphology may be obtained. Block sizes of Martian flow ejecta may provide clues to the ejecta emplacement process.
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Legacy CDMS
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Horner, V. M.
(Arizona State Univ. Tempe, AZ, United States)
Greeley, R.
(Arizona State Univ. Tempe, AZ, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Washington Repts. of Planetary Geol. and Geophys. Program, 1984
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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