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Martian Chronology: Goals for Investigations from a Recent Multidisciplinary WorkshopThe absolute chronology of Martian rocks and events is based mainly on crater statistics and remains highly uncertain. Martian chronology will be critical to building a time scale comparable to Earth's to address questions about the early evolution of the planets and their ecosystems. In order to address issues and strategies specific to Martian chronology, a workshop was held, 4-7 June 2000, with invited participants from the planetary, geochronology, geochemistry, and astrobiology communities. The workshop focused on identifying: a) key scientific questions of Martian chronology; b) chronological techniques applicable to Mars; c) unique processes on Mars that could be exploited to obtain rates, fluxes, ages; and d) sampling issues for these techniques. This is an overview of the workshop findings and recommendations.
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Acquisition Source
Johnson Space Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Nyquist, L.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX United States)
Doran, P. T.
(Illinois Univ. Chicago, IL United States)
Cerling, T. E.
(Utah Univ. Salt Lake City, UT United States)
Clifford, S. M.
(Lunar and Planetary Inst. Houston, TX United States)
Forman, S. L.
(Illinois Univ. Chicago, IL United States)
Papanastassiou, D. A.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Stewart, B. W.
(Pittsburgh Univ. Pittsburgh, PA United States)
Sturchio, N. C.
(Illinois Univ. Chicago, IL United States)
Swindle, T. D.
(Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ United States)
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 2000
Publication Information
Publication: Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration
Issue: Part 1
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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