(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Interpretation of the complex dune morphology on Mars : dune activity, modelling and a terrestrial analogue

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

SILVESTRO S. (1) ; FENTON L.K. (1) ; MICHAELS T.I. (2) ; VALDEZ A. (3) ; ORI G.G. (4) ;
(1) SETI Inst., Carl Sagan Center, CA, Mountain View, ETATS-UNIS
(2) Southwest Research Inst., CO, Boulder, ETATS-UNIS
(3) Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, CO, Mosca, ETATS-UNIS
(4) International Research School of Planetary Sciences, Univ. d'Annunzio, Pescara, ITALIE

  • Ibn Battuta Centre, Univ. Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech, MAROC


The AA. analyze a dark erg on Mars that could be considered a mega-dune (draa) where secondary dunes of different morphology are superposed over a main crescent-shaped bedform (primary dune). The presence of a complex, multi-directional wind regime is indicated as one of the main causes for the accumulation of a tall draa, presenting an analogy to the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado. In both cases, main regional winds from the SW blow in opposition to winds from the NE which are enhanced by the topography. Such a complex wind regime leads to the development of star and reversing dunes and is accurately predicted by atmospheric models on a regional and local scale. Signs of activity in the form of grainflow scars are also noted over the slip faces of many dunes, suggesting that easterly winds are actively shaping the study draa in the present-day climatic setting. The presence of this draa on Mars suggests a complex interaction between regional and local topographically controlled flows and a consistent availability of sand


Article of periodic

published at : Earth surface processes and landforms / ISSN 0197-9337 / CODEN ESPLDB

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1981)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 37, no13 [pp. 1424-1436]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 13 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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