Inverted River Channels and Volcanic Channels

Dr. Ross Irwin

Inverted Channels in Utah

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In addition to river valleys carved by water, Mars has many inverted channels, where floodplain sediments have been blown away by wind, leaving the old river bed standing as a sinuous ridge. In other places, Mars has channels that were formed by lava flows. We are studying these features using satellite data of Mars and in the field on Earth to better understand how they form.

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