Geologic Mapping of Mars

Dr. John Grant
Dr. Ross Irwin
Sharon Purdy

Margaritifer Terra, Mars


Geologic mapping is an integral part of exploration and understanding a planetary landscape, because it shows the relationships between geologic units and helps delineate the history of a surface. New orbiting spacecraft are obtaining data with progressively higher resolution, and as a consequence maps constantly need to be updated and improved. Moreover, as researchers' various needs and areas of focus change, maps of different areas and scales are required.

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