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Complex structure of the Thaumasia region of MarsThe Thaumasia region was the first center of Tharsis tectonism, and it is the most complex and poorly understood. Therefore, a geologic map of the entire Thaumasia region (lat 15 deg to 50 deg S, long 50 deg to 115 deg), at 1:5,000,000 scale is being compiled. This region is mostly made up of the Thaumasia plateau, the highlands are fractured by Thaumasia, southern Claritas, Coracis, Melas, and Nectaris Fossae. Preliminary structural analysis of the most complexly faulted area in the region (the central part, at lat 30 deg to 45 deg S, long 80 deg to 100 deg) indicates that, unlike other regions of Mars, Thaumasia has undergone extensive deformation by both small- and large-scale extensional and compressional structures. These results indicate that the early (Noachian) style of tectonism commonly involved lithospheric-scale deformation, in contrast to most younger tectonism (which mainly affected the upper parts of the crust above mechanical discontinuities); this difference may be due to a weaker (and thus more readily deformable) early lithosphere in this region.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Tanaka, Kenneth L.
(Geological Survey Flagstaff, AZ, United States)
Dohm, James M.
(Geological Survey Flagstaff, AZ, 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 3: N-Z
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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