Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

2015 Edition
| Editors: Henrik Hargitai, Ákos Kereszturi

Softened Terrain (Mars)

  • Henrik Hargitai
  • Ákos Kereszturi
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_587


Terrain displaying rounded and subdued topography.


“Softened terrain” may refer to (Kreslavsky et al. 2008):
  1. (1)

    The soft appearance of topographic features at high latitudes on Mars, caused by smoothing of topography with a characteristic vertical scale on the order of several meter(s). Terrain softening affects all types of landforms, but it is particularly evident on  softened craters (Fig. 1). It is characterized with broad slope inflections and convex slope segments (Squyres et al. 1992, p. 543).

  2. (2)

    Latitude-dependent trends in crater depth, concentric crater infill, etc., related to creep of a hundreds-of-meters-thick layer ( lineated valley fill).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA Ames Research Center/NPPMoffett FieldUSA
  2. 2.Konkoly Thege Miklos Astronomical InstituteResearch Centre for Astronomy and Earth SciencesBudapestHungary