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Fluvial geomorphology on Earth-like planetary surfaces: A review

Authors
  • Victor R, Baker
  • Christopher W, Hamilton
  • Devon M, Burr
  • Virginia Gulick
  • Goro, Komatsu
  • Wei, Luo
  • James W, Rice
  • Jap, Rodriguez
Type
Published Article
Journal
Geomorphology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Sep 14, 2015
Volume
245
Pages
149–182
Source
SETI Institute
License
Unknown

Abstract

Morphological evidence for ancient channelized flows (fluvial and fluvial-like landforms) exists on the surfaces of all of the inner planets and on some of the satellites of the Solar System. In some cases, the relevant fluid flows are related to a planetary evolution that involves the global cycling of a volatile component (water for Earth and Mars; methane for Saturn s moon Titan). In other cases, as on Mercury, Venus, Earth s moon, and Jupiter s moon Io, the flows were of highly fluid lava. The discovery, in 1972, of what are now ...

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