Martian cave air-movement via Helmholtz resonance

International Journal of Speleology
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Infrasonic resonance has previously been measured in terrestrial caves by other researchers, where Helmholtz resonance has been suggested as the plausible mechanism resulting in periodic wind reversals within cave entrances. We extend this reasoning to possible Martian caves, where we examine the characteristics of four atypical pit craters (APCs) on Tharsis, suggested as candidate cave entrance locations. The results show that, for several possible cave air movement periods, we are able to infer the approximate cave volumes. The utility of inferring cave volumes for planetary cave exploration is discussed.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Martian cave air-movement via Helmholtz resonance
Series title International Journal of Speleology
DOI 10.5038/1827-806X.46.3.2130
Volume 46
Issue 3
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher University of South Florida
Contributing office(s) Astrogeology Science Center
Description 6 p.
First page 493
Last page 444