Stratigraphy of the north polar layered deposits of Mars from high-resolution topography
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Lunar & Planetary Lab
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PublisherAMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION
CitationStratigraphy of the north polar layered deposits of Mars from high-resolution topography 2016, 121 (8):1445 Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets
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AbstractThe stratigraphy of the layered deposits in the polar regions of Mars is theorized to contain a record of recent climate change linked to insolation changes driven by variations in the planet's orbital and rotational parameters. In order to confidently link stratigraphic signals to insolation periodicities, a description of the stratigraphy is required based on quantities that directly relate to intrinsic properties of the layers. We use stereo digital terrain models (DTMs) from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment to derive a characteristic of north polar layered deposit (NPLD) strata that can be correlated over large distances: the topographic protrusion of layers exposed in troughs, which is a proxy for the layers' resistance to erosion. Using a combination of image analysis and a signal-matching algorithm to correlate continuous depth-protrusion signals taken from DTMs at different locations, we construct a stratigraphic column that describes the upper similar to 500 m of at least 7% of the area of the NPLD and find accumulation rates that vary byfactors of up to 2. We find that, when coupled with observations of exposed layers in images, the topographic expression of the strata is consistently continuous across large distances in the top 300-500 m of the NPLD, suggesting that it is better related to intrinsic layer properties than the brightness of exposed layers alone.
NoteFirst Published: 25 August 2016; 6 Month Embargo.
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SponsorsNASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship [NNX13AO55H]; NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter project (HiRISE)