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Structural and Geomorphic Mapping of Northern Claritas Fossae and the Thaumasia Graben, Mars: Implications for Formation

Abstract In this thesis, I investigate possible formation processes in the northern Claritas Fossae and the large Thaumasia graben on Mars. In particular, I assess three proposed formation hypotheses for the region: a mega-landslide across the Thaumasia plateau, originating in Tharsis and moving to the south-west; a rift system pulling apart Claritas Fossae and opening the large Thaumasia graben generally propagating in a north-south direction: and extension caused by uplifting from underlying dike swarms. Using digital terrain models (DTMs) from the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) aboard Mars Express and visual images from the Context Camera (CTX) aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), I analyzed the geomorphic and structural context of... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Studer-Ellis, Genevieve Lynn (Author) / Williams, David A. (Advisor) / Christensen, Philip R. (Advisor) / Arrowsmith, J. R. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Planetology / Remote sensing / Geology / Mapping / Mars / Remote Sensing / Structural Geology / Tectonics / Thaumasia
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 95 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Geological Sciences 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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