Landslides in Valles Marineris, Mars.

Journal of Geophysical Research


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Large landslides in the Martian equatorial troughs have been investigated with respect to morphology, geologic structure of the troughs, time of emplacement, similarity to terrestrial landslides, and origin and mechanism of transport. The morphologic variations of the landslides can be attributed mainly to their degree of confinement on trough floors. The huge size of many landslides is due to their occurrence on fault scarps that may have attained several kilometers in height in the absence of vigorous fluvial erosion on Mars. The mechanical efficiency of the Martian landslides is high but in accord with predictions from large landslides on earth.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Landslides in Valles Marineris, Mars.
Series title Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume 84
Issue B14
Year Published 1979
Language English
Contributing office(s) Astrogeology Science Center
Description 17 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Geophysical Research
First page 8097
Last page 8113
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