Dynamic Mars: Recent and Current Landscape Evolution of the Red Planet presents the latest observations, interpretations, and explanations of geological change at the surface or near-surface of this terrestrial body. These changes raise questions about a decades-old paradigm, formed largely in the aftermath of very coarse Mariner-mission imagery in the 1960s, suggesting that much of the interesting geological activity on Mars occurred deep in its past, eons ago. The book includes discussions of (1) Mars' ever-changing atmosphere and the impact of this on the planet's surface and near-surface; (2) the possible involvement of water in relatively new, if not contemporary, gully-like flows and slope streaks (i.e. recurring slope lineae); and (3) the identification of a broad suite of agents and processes (i.e. glacial, periglacial, aeolian, meteorological, volcanic, and meteoric) that are actively revising surface and near-surface landscapes, landforms, and features on a local, regional, and hemispheric scale.
Highly illustrated and punctuated by data from the most recent Mars missions, Dynamic Mars is a valuable resource for all levels of research in the geological history of Mars, as well as of the three other terrestrial planets.
- Utilizes observational and model-based data as well as geological context to frame the understanding of Mars' dynamic surface and near-surface
- Presents a broad spectrum of highly regarded experts and themes to discuss and evaluate the geological history of late and current Mars
- Includes extensive and detailed imagery to clearly illustrate these themes, discussions, and evaluations
Prologue: Mariner's Way: Beyond the Future to the Past Introduction Possible Recent Water and Landscape Evolution 1. Unraveling the Mysteries of Recurring Slope Lineae (RSL) 2. Recent Fluvial-channels, Landforms, and Fresh Shallow-valleys in the Olympus Mons Lava Plains 3. Martian Gullies and their Connection with the Martian Climate Glacial and Periglacial Landscapes 4. The Impact of Late Amazonian Epoch Ice-flows on Martian Landscape Development at the Mid-latitudes 5. Paleo-periglacial and "Ice-Rich" Complexes in Utopia Planitia 6. Bi-hemispheric (Periglacial) Mass Wasting on Mars The Polar Regions 7. Active Geomorphological Process Involving Exotic Agent 8. CO2-driven Geomorphological Processes: Landscape Evolution Volcanism 9. Volcanic Disruption of Recent Ice-Deposits in the Argyre Basin, Mars Aeolian and Other Surface-Modification Processes 10. Dust Devils: Stirring Up the Martian Surface 11. The Dunes of Mars 12. Orbital (Climatic) Forcing and Its Imprint on the Global Landscape 13. Modification of the Martian Surface by Impact Cratering 14. Stone Pavements, Lag Deposits, and Contemporary Landscape-evolution 15. Karst Landforms as Markers of Recent Climate Change on Mars: An Example from the Late Amazonian Evaporite Karst within a Trough in Western Noctis Labyrinthus Epilogue: Mars (actual): What There May Lie on the Decadal Event-horizon