The origin of the surface units of the northern lowland plains of Mars, about one third of the planet's surface, remains unclear after 20 years of analysis of spacecraft data. Hypotheses were put forward to explain the morphologies. The chief problem with constraining models of plains formation is that characterizing plains surface-forming processes is dependent upon the identification of distinctive landforms within the plains. The most commonly cited examples of distinctive morphologies found within the northern lowlands include: wrinkle ridges; small domes; giant polygons; and curvilinear ridges and ground undulations. To further constrain the processes involved, a careful analysis of boundary morphology is being conducted.
Nature and Composition of Surface Units on Mars
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- Mars Surface;
- Mathematical Models;
- Remote Sensing;
- Viking Orbiter Spacecraft;
- Lunar and Planetary Exploration