Lacustrine Features (Mars)
Living reference work entry
Sites of putative long-standing bodies of water on Mars.
Flat regions in commonly breached closed or open depressions or topographic lows.
Open-basin lake area ranges between ∼2 and ∼500,000 km2 (Fassett and Head 2008).
Subtypes of lacustrine features in relation to associated observable valley(s):
Open-basin lake (Cabrol and Grin 1999): possible lake where outlet is observed. Water must have ponded to the “level of the surface adjacent to the outlet valley head before breaching and overflowing the basin, requiring a period of sustained fluvial activity on the surface of Mars” (Fassett and Head 2008; Goudge et al. 2012).
Closed-basin lake (Cabrol and...
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