The Variability of Transverse Aeolian Ripples in Troughs on MarsA precursory glance at MGS images of the surface of Mars show an abundance of aeolian transverse ridges. These ridges are located in a variety of geological terrains. Zimbelman and Wilson have separated the small-scale aeolian features of Syrtis Major into six categories: ripples associated with obstacles, ripple bands, ripple fields, ripple patches, isolated ripple patches and ripples associated with dunes. This paper focuses on one of these categories, that of ripple bands which tend to accumulate within linear troughs. As the origin of these features is still being studied (i.e. ripples versus dunes), we refer to them simply as transverse aeolian ridges.
Bourke, M. C. (Oxford Univ. Oxford, United Kingdom)
Wilson, S.A. (Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC, United States)
Zimbelman, J. R. (Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC, United States)