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Martian Ice Flows: The Fundamentals

The collaboration below is my most cited publication: about ice flow features at the mid-attitudes of Mars.  Available at

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Further research on flow features are discussed in the following poster and abstract:


"The Causes of Surface Textures of Glacier-like Flows at Crater Greg and Dao Vallis"



My Mars Equatorial Ice Sheets Project

I have launched a new line of research (8001 Abstract below). I am taking what I have learned about Mars and Dao Vallis and I am applying it to the equatorial and other regions of Mars. The solution I've come up with is that Mars has had cycles of ice redistribution across the whole of the planet through history. Glaciation has played a role in this, especially nearer the equator! This will result in a series of publications. I believe this line of research is as big as it gets in Mars research. I welcome the help of fellow researchers to make the final products the best that they can be. 

I have a new manuscript that marries a basic theory of equatorial glacialtion with geomorphological interpretations that I believe goes a long way towards satisfying the goals of the project. 

It's called "Equatorial Ice Sheets of Mars".

I have another manuscript just about the equatorial deposits of Mars.

It's called "The Equatorial Deposits: Possible Glacial Remnants" 

Downloadable at


Below is the original poster that spawned the project.

A hi-res pdf file is a

 I started my Mars equatorial glaciation line of research at Kasei Valles

NEWEST: The inner channels of Kasei Valles have elevation anomalies consistent with glacially generated tunnel valleys. 

This supports a glacial interpretation of Kasei Valles. Kasei Valles is the most extensive of the outflow channels/troughs, with areal scour stretching from 30 to around 15 degrees latitude. The inner channels of the main trough of Kasei Valles are at about 21 degrees latitude. I take the equatorial zone to be from 0 to 30 degrees, mid-latitude zone from 30 to 60 degrees, and the polar zone from 60 to 90 degrees latitude, so this is a significant assault on the equatorial zone from and the mid-latitude zone where surface ice is in abundance (see my Dao Vallis research further below).

Combined MOLA and infrared (above). Shows elevation anomalies of the inner channels of Kasei Valles.

For more information about the inner channels see my west and east Kasei Valles posters (hi-res at scribd) and abstracts below.

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Below is further equatorial glacialtion project research beyond Kasei Valles

My Dao Vallis Research

My Middle Dao Vallis paper is in the process of being revised and updated with HiRise-level resolution and more detailed examinations of flow features. Going from Viking level resolution to MOC is like going from MOC to HiRise. 

Below are images of Mars and Earth used in the original version of my Middle Dao Vallis submission. 


Below are some of my other research projects in abstract form... 

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