Characteristics of the Martian Surface

  • David F. WassellEmail author
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This chapter is a general, very basic overview of the characteristics of the surface of Mars. This includes the radiation environment and insolation; characteristics of the atmosphere; dust; magnetism; surface features including volcanism, cratering, and other features; the presence and form of water; and surface mineralogy and chemical makeup. This is at times interpreted in terms of how these features may affect life support on the surface.


Mars atmosphere Volcanism Magnetic field Surface temperature Insolation Radiation hazards Chemical makeup Sulfates Perchlorates Iron Blueberries Lava tubes Cryosphere Mineral composition Mars water Phyllosilicates Orbital parameters Reduced gravity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.OperationsSaskpower BDPS (Boundary Dam Power Station)Estevan, SKCanada
  2. 2.Astronauts4HireHoustonUSA

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