(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Morphological evidence for geologically young thaw of ice on Mars : A review of recent studies using high-resolution imaging data

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

BALME M.R. (1 2) ; GALLAGHER C.J. (3) ; HAUBER E. (4) ;
(1) Open Univ., Milton Keynes, ROYAUME-UNI
(2) Planetary Science Inst., Tucson, ETATS-UNIS
(3) Univ. College, Dublin, IRLANDE
(4) Inst. für Planetenforschung, ALLEMAGNE


The paper includes first a brief summary of relevant aspects of the martian climate, and a short description of the most common landforms thought to be indicative of near-surface ice (with or without thaw) on Mars. Three such landform assemblages are described : a high-latitude assemblage comprising features interpreted to be sorted clastic stripes, circles and polygons, non-sorted polygonally patterned ground, fluvial gullies, and solifluction lobes; a mid-latitude assemblage comprising gullies, patterned ground, debris-covered glaciers and hillslope stripes; and an equatorial assemblage of linked basins, patterned ground, possible pingos, and channel-and-scarp features interpreted to be retrogressive thaw-slumps. Hypotheses to explain these observations are explored, including recent climate change, and hydrated minerals in the regolith "thawing" to form liquid brines at very low temperatures. The use of terrestrial analogue field sites is also discussed


Article of periodic

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 37, no3 [pp. 289-324]

Bibliographic references : 6 p.

Collation : 13 fig., 1 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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