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Shallow and deep fresh impact craters in Hesperia Planum, MarsThe depths of 109 impact craters about 2-16 km in diameter, located on the ridged plains materials of Hesperia Planum, Mars, have been measured from their shadow lengths using digital Viking Orbiter images (orbit numbers 417S-419S) and the PICS computer software. On the basis of their pristine morphology (very fresh lobate ejecta blankets, well preserved rim crests, and lack of superposed impact craters), 57 of these craters have been selected for detailed analysis of their spatial distribution and geometry. We find that south of 30 deg S, craters less than 6.0 km in diameter are markedly shallower than similar-sized craters equatorward of this latitude. No comparable relationship is observed for morphologically fresh craters greater than 6.0 km diameter. We also find that two populations exist for older craters less than 6.0 km diameter. When craters that lack ejecta blankets are grouped on the basis of depth/diameter ratio, the deeper craters also typically lie equatorward of 30 S. We interpret the spatial variation in crater depth/diameter ratios as most likely due to a poleward increase in volatiles within the top 400 m of the surface at the times these craters were formed.
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Reprint (Version printed in journal)
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Mouginis-Mark, Peter J.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Hayashi, Joan N.
(Hawaii Univ. Honolulu, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Earth, Moon, and Planets
Volume: 61
Issue: 1
ISSN: 0167-9295
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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