The formation mechanisms for mid-latitude ice scarps on Mars
Mid-latitude exposed ice scarps have recently been identified on Mars (Dundas et al., 2018; 2021). The presence of such surface ice exposures at relatively low latitudes was itself a mystery, and the formation dynamics of such scarps have also not been explained. In this work we model the ice ablation rates of several identified mid-latitude scarps. We find that, given certain characteristics of their geographic setting, the orientation and growth of the scarps can be explained by energy balance models.
|The formation mechanisms for mid-latitude ice scarps on Mars
|Kaj E. Williams, Colin M. Dundas, Melinda A. Kahre
|USGS Publications Warehouse
|Astrogeology Science Center