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Distribution and Properties of Large Symmetric Knobs on MarsKnobby terrain on Mars exists in a variety of forms from small closely spaced hills to widely separated large massifs. Fractional areal distributions of knobby terrain range from over 49% of the sampled area in regions of chaotic terrain to less than 5% along the cratered highland boundary in Amenthes and Aeolis. All symmetric knobs with long dimensions greater than or equal to 10 km were identified, mapped, and classified by shape. The spatial and dimensional distributions and shape characteristics of these features are discussed. The most common shape is elliptical: 79% of the knobs fall into this category, 11% were circular or round, 6% were triangular or wedge-shaped and the remaining 4% other shapes. All types show a roughly similar trend of rapidly decreasing number with increasing size, such that overall less than 10% of the knobs are larger than 20 km in long dimension. Circular knobs show the steepest fall-off in numbers with increasing diameter. Triangular knobs have a broader maximum with more than 65% falling in the 10 to 14 km range.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Frey, H.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Middleton, J.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Semeniuk, A. M.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, 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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