An atlas of Mars sedimentary rocks as seen by HiRISE

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Edited by: John P. Grotzinger and Ralph E. Milliken



Images of distant and unknown places have long stimulated the imaginations of both explorers and scientists. The atlas of photographs collected during the Hayden (1872)expedition to the Yellowstone region was essential to its successful advocacy and selection in 1872 as America’s first national park. Photographer William Henry Jackson of the Hayden expedition captured the public’s imagination and support, returning home with a treasure of images that confirmed the existence of western landmarks previously regarded as glorified myths: the Grand Tetons, Old Faithful, and strange pools of boiling hot mud. Fifty years later, photographer Ansel Adams began his long legacy of providing the public with compilations of iconic images of natural wonders that many only see in prints.

Photography in space has provided its own bounty. Who can forget the first image of Earthrise taken by astronaut William Anders in 1968 from Apollo 8; the solemnity of the first photos of the surface of the Moon from the Apollo 11 astronauts; and the startling discovery of the tallest mountain in the solar system (Olympus Mons) on the surface of Mars in images sent from Mariner 9? The images from Mariner 9 also allowed for a game-changing discovery. Earlier, based on very limited Mariner 4 data that covered less than 10% of the planet’s surface, Chapman et al. (1968) speculated that “If substantial aqueous erosion features—such as river valleys— were produced during earlier epochs of Mars, we should not expect any trace of them to be visible.

Additional publication details

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title An atlas of Mars sedimentary rocks as seen by HiRISE
DOI 10.2110/pec.12.102.0049
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher Society for Sedimentary Geology
Publisher location Tulsa, Okla
Contributing office(s) Astrogeology Science Center
Description 45 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Sedimentary geology of Mars
First page 49
Last page 96
Other Geospatial Mars
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N