STRATI 2013 pp 343-347 | Cite as

Equatorial Layered Deposits in Arabia Terra, Mars: Stratigraphy and Process Variability

  • Monica PondrelliEmail author
  • Angelo Pio Rossi
  • Laetitia Le Deit
  • Mihaela Glamoclija
  • Barbara Cavalazzi
  • Frank Fueten
  • Stephan van Gasselt
  • Ernst Hauber
  • Fulvio Franchi
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The equatorial layered deposits of Arabia Terra are investigated to understand their genesis and the controls on their evolution. We interpret the deposits found within the craters as having been formed by spring deposition based on the large-scale geometry, the presence of morphologies consistent with fluid expulsion, the composition, and the sedimentary structures. Outside of the craters, we found evidence of dune forms and cross-stratification suggestive of aeolian activity, possibly associated with playa deposition. Groundwater fluctuations are suggested as the control on deposition.


Arabia Terra Mars Equatorial layered deposits Spring deposits Aeolian reworking Sulphates 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monica Pondrelli
    • 1
    Email author
  • Angelo Pio Rossi
    • 2
  • Laetitia Le Deit
    • 3
  • Mihaela Glamoclija
    • 4
  • Barbara Cavalazzi
    • 5
  • Frank Fueten
    • 6
  • Stephan van Gasselt
    • 7
  • Ernst Hauber
    • 3
  • Fulvio Franchi
    • 8
  1. 1.International Research School of Planetary SciencesUniversità d’AnnunzioPescaraItaly
  2. 2.Department of Earth and Space SciencesJacobs University BremenBremenGermany
  3. 3.German Aerospace Center (DLR)Institut für PlanetenforschungBerlin AdlershofGermany
  4. 4.Geophysical LaboratoryCarnegie Institution of WashingtonWashington, DCUSA
  5. 5.Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e AmbientaliUniversità di BolognaBolognaItaly
  6. 6.Department of Earth ScienceBrock UniversityOntarioCanada
  7. 7.Institut für Geologische WissenschaftenFreie Universitaet BerlinBerlinGermany
  8. 8.ISMAR-CNR, UOS-BolognaBolognaItaly

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