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Mars global digital dune database (MGD3)—Composition, stability, and thermal inertia

October 24, 2018

The Mars Global Digital Dune Database (MGD3) is an online repository that has catalogued dune fields larger than 1 km2 located between latitudes 90° N. and 90° S. The work presented here expands upon previous MGD3 open-file reports, with a new emphasis upon characterizing dune fields through composition, stability, and thermal inertia. Included in this latest addition is a detailed compositional analysis and the associated observational data from Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) for dune fields 300 km2 or larger; a near-global dune stability assessment; Mars Odyssey (MO1) Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) apparent thermal inertia values; and vertical near-surface thermophysical heterogeneities determined by fitting a two-layer thermal model to observed temperatures. These additional datasets are divided into two workbooks: equatorial and south polar regions. A detailed description for the layout of these workbooks can be found in the corresponding metadata document. The continuing goal of the MGD3 is to provide a reliable and multifaceted repository of data for Mars’ dunes, with the intention that such data be easily accessible and useful to future research.

Publication Year 2018
Title Mars global digital dune database (MGD3)—Composition, stability, and thermal inertia
DOI 10.3133/ofr20181164
Authors Amber L. Gullikson, Rosalyn K. Hayward, Timothy N. Titus, Heather Charles, Lori K. Fenton, Rachael H. Hoover, Nathaniel E. Putzig
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2018-1164
Index ID ofr20181164
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Astrogeology Science Center