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Martian Fretted Terrain Morphometry Interpreted Using Principal Components AnalysisMartian fretted terrain is an extensive area of complex topography characterized by smooth, flat-floor valleys and mesas separated by abrupt escarpments along the boundary of heavily cratered uplands. The Deuteronilus-Protonilus region of the fretted terrain between latitude 35 degrees N and 50 degrees N and between 305 degrees W and 350 degrees W longitude was selected for quantitative landform study with the use of principal components analysis (PCA). The morphometry of upland mesa remnants and debris aprons was digitized with respect to latitude, longitude, and distance from the cratered terrain boundary (CTB). The PCA demonstrates that there are definable spatial variations in morphology with respect to longitude and latitude which suggest that the degradation along the CTB proceeded toward the southwest. The PCA also showed that there are organized relationships within the fretted landforms irrespective of their location. Finally, PCA indicated that an orientation of the degraded mesas exists which may be controlled by structure.
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Legacy CDMS
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Kochell, R. C.
(University of Southern Illinois Carbondale, IL, 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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