An Inventory of Impact Craters on the Martian South Polar Layered Deposits
- Plaut, J. J.
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- The polar layered deposits (PLD) of Mars continue to be a focus of study due to the possibility that these finely layered, volatile-rich deposits hold a record of recent eras in Martian climate history. Recently, the visible sensor on 2001 Mars Odyssey s Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) has acquired 36 meter/pixel contiguous single-band visible image data sets of both the north and the south polar layered deposits, during the local spring and summer seasons. In addition, significant coverage has been obtained at the THEMIS visible sensor s full resolution of 18 meters/pixel. This paper reports on the use of these data sets to further characterize the population of impact craters on the south polar layered deposits (SPLD), and the implications of the observed population for the age and evolution of the SPLD.
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- Document ID: 20050173956. and Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVI, Part 16; LPI-Contrib-1234-Pt-16.
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