Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

2015 Edition
| Editors: Henrik Hargitai, Ákos Kereszturi

Solifluction-Like Lobes (Mars)

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_644


Tongue-shaped landforms on Mars inferred to be formed by slow downslope flow of saturated unfrozen materials.

Descriptions of Subtypes

  1. (1)
    Solifluction-like lobes or small-scale lobes: well-defined lobe or tongue-shaped landform tens to hundreds of meters wide (Johnsson et al. 2012)
    1. (1.1)

      Non-sorted lobes or smooth-textured lobes. Small-scale lobes that show no evidence of a clast-rich lobe front (Johnsson et al. 2012; Fig. 1)

    2. (1.2)

      Sorted lobes or clast-banked lobes. Small-scale lobes that have a distinct front with clasts and relatively few clasts on the tread surface, similar to stone-banked lobes on Earth (Gallagher et al. 2011; Johnsson et al. 2012; Fig. 2)

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA Ames Research Center/NPPMoffett FieldUSA
  2. 2.Department of Earth SciencesUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden