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Did the martian outflow channels mostly form during the Amazonian Period?

Authors
  • Alexis P, Rodriguez
  • Thomas, Platz
  • Virginia Gulick
  • Victor R, Baker
  • Alberto G, Fairén
  • Jeffrey, Kargel
  • Jianguo, Yan
  • Hideaki, Miyamoto
  • Natalie, Glines
Type
Published Article
Journal
Icarus
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Aug 31, 2015
Volume
257
Pages
387–395
Source
SETI Institute
License
Unknown

Abstract

Simud, Tiu, and Ares Valles comprise some of the largest outflow channels on Mars. Their excavation has been attributed variously to (or a combination of) erosion by catastrophic floods, glaciers, and debris flows. Numerous investigations indicate that they formed largely during the Late Hesperian (3.61–3.37 Ga). However, these studies mostly equate the ages of the outflow channel floors to those of the flows that generated mesoscale (several hundred meters to a few kilometers) bedforms within them. To improve the ...

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