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Radar evidence of subsurface layers in the Northern mid-latitudes of Mars

Kacholia, D. (2022) Radar evidence of subsurface layers in the Northern mid-latitudes of Mars.

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Abstract:The topic of this study is to investigate the subsurface of glacier-like forms in the Deuteronilus Mensae region of Mars. The primary purpose of this research is to confirm or reject the presence of subsurface echoes in the debris-covered landforms using radar datasets. In the literature, landforms like lobate debris aprons and lineated valley fills are closely studied for under the surface deposits or layers. They are now considered the hub of subsurface ice in the mid-latitudes. However, smaller, and recently active glacier-like forms have not been fully explored. This research, therefore, aims to target these more minor yet significant glacier-like forms which could be the focal point for studying the Martian glacial land system. This study advances with processing the radar images and building comparisons between the original and the processed to distinguish and highlight any possible subsurface interfaces, thereby helping in locating glacier-like forms rich in subsurface deposits. With this approach, radar evidence of subsurface layers in the target glacier-like forms can be found, which would help uncover the recent climatic change on Mars. Furthermore, with the findings of this study, a better grasp of these active hydrological landforms on the Martian surface will be built, which can lead to discovering more areas of interest to further study water and ice on Mars.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ITC: Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
Subject:38 earth sciences, 39 astronomy
Programme:Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation MSc (75014)
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