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Planetary surface structure and evolution of MarsThe surface of the planet Mars is characterized by two different hemispheres: old densely cratered structures in the Southern Uplands, and sparsely cratered younger topographically lower regions covering approximately the northern third of the planet's surface. The model for explaining these global surface structures is characterized by the following features: (1) homogeneous accretion of Mars; (2) formation of a metal melt layer; (3) northward translation of the undifferentiated core due to a Rayleigh-Taylor instability; (4) vigorous convection in the southern parts and formation of the Southern Uplands' crust; (5) fragmentation of the primordial core, slowly dissolving rockbergs, beginning of Tharsis uplift and volcanism; (6) formation of the Northern Lowlands' crust from only weakly differentiated silicatic material; and (7) reaching of the present state with symmetrically placed core and further thermal evolution.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Franck, Siegfried
(Academy of Sciences Potsdam (German D.R.)., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: Arizona Univ., Resources of Near-Earth Space: Abstracts
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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