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Glaciers on Mars

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It is well-known that ice exists within Mars’ polar caps. However, similar to Earth, numerous smaller ice masses appear to populate lower latitude regions on Mars. These glacier like forms (GLFs) form a subgroup of what have been identified as widespread viscous flow features throughout Mars’ mid-latitudes. In this seminar I will summarise Mars’ environmental history and focus on the geographic distribution, geometry and surface characteristics of mid-latitude GLFs. I will summarise the current situation in terms of what is known about the physical character and formation of GLFs and highlight outstanding research questions for future glaciological and geomorphological investigation.

This talk is part of the Scott Polar Research Institute - Polar Physical Sciences Seminar series.

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