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Geomorphologic evidence for liquid water

January 1, 2001

Besides Earth, Mars is the only planet with a record of resurfacing processes and environmental circumstances that indicate the past operation of a hydrologic cycle. However the present-day conditions on Mars are far apart of supporting liquid water on the surface. Although the large-scale morphology of the Martian channels and valleys show remarkable similarities with fluid-eroded features on Earth, there are major differences in their size, small-scale morphology, inner channel structure and source regions indicating that the erosion on Mars has its own characteristic genesis and evolution. The different landforms related to fluvial, glacial and periglacial activities, their relations with volcanism, and the chronology of water-related processes, are presented.

Publication Year 2001
Title Geomorphologic evidence for liquid water
DOI 10.1023/A:1011913809715
Authors P. Masson, M. H. Carr, F. Costard, R. Greeley, E. Hauber, R. Jaumann
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Index ID 70023091
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse