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Spatial variation in the seasonal south polar cap of Mars as observed by Mariner 7Spatial variations in infrared spectra of the seasonal south polar cap of Mars were noted by the original Mariner 7 IRS instrument team as well as in subsequent examinations of the Mariner 7 data set. Up to now, however, there has been little effort to synthesize this information to understand variations in the south seasonal cap as a function of position or latitude. An attempt to quantify the spectra is made by providing estimates of CO2 grain sizes as well as upper limits on the amount of water frost contained in the polar collar. The variation in brightness at two wavelengths as well as the band depth of a weak CO2-ice feature at 2.28 microns as a function of spectrum number or subsequent location on the cap is presented. The full spectra, corrected only for the solar incidence angle, of three of the most significant areas are compared.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Calvin, Wendy M.
(Geological Survey Flagstaff, AZ, United States)
Martin, Terry Z.
(Jet Propulsion Lab. California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena., United States)
Hansen, Gary B.
(Washington Univ. Seattle., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Twenty-fourth Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Part 1: A-F
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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