Martian cave air-movement via Helmholtz resonance
Infrasonic resonance has previously been measured in terrestrial caves by other researchers, where Helmholtz resonance has been suggested as the plausible mechanism resulting in periodic wind reversals within cave entrances. We extend this reasoning to possible Martian caves, where we examine the characteristics of four atypical pit craters (APCs) on Tharsis, suggested as candidate cave entrance locations. The results show that, for several possible cave air movement periods, we are able to infer the approximate cave volumes. The utility of inferring cave volumes for planetary cave exploration is discussed.
|Martian cave air-movement via Helmholtz resonance
|Kaj E. Williams, Timothy N. Titus, Chris Okubo, Glen E. Cushing
|International Journal of Speleology
|USGS Publications Warehouse
|Astrogeology Science Center