Comparative analysis of geological features and seasonal processes in INCA City and Pityusa Patera regions of MARS

S. C. Manrubia, O. Prieto Ballesteros, C. González Kessler, D. Fernández Remolar, C. Córdoba-Jabonero, F. Selsis, S. Bérczi, T. Gánti, A. Horváth, A. Sik, E. Szathmáry

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Abstract

We carry out a comparative analysis of the morphological and seasonal features of two regions in the Martian Southern Polar Region: the Inca City (82S 65W) and the Pityusa Patera zone (66S 37E). These two sites are representative of a large number of areas which are subjected to dynamical, seasonal processes that deeply modify the local conditions of those regions. Due to variations in sunlight, seasonal CO 2 accumulates during autumn and winter and starts defrosting in spring. By mid summer the seasonal ice has disappeared. Despite a number of relevant differences in the morphology of the seasonal features observed, they seem to result from similar processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-80
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Issue number545
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2004
EventProceedings of the III European Workshop on Exo-Astrobiology - Madrid, Spain
Duration: Nov 18 2003Nov 20 2003

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Manrubia, S. C., Ballesteros, O. P., Kessler, C. G., Remolar, D. F., Córdoba-Jabonero, C., Selsis, F., Bérczi, S., Gánti, T., Horváth, A., Sik, A., & Szathmáry, E. (2004). Comparative analysis of geological features and seasonal processes in INCA City and Pityusa Patera regions of MARS. European Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP, (545), 77-80.