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Svalbard (Norway) as a terrestrial analogue for Martian landforms: Results on

Conference paper
Authors Ernst Hauber
Mathias Ulrich
F. Preusker
F. Trauthan
Dennis Reiss
Ella Carlsson
Harald Hiesinger
R. Jaumann
H.A.B. Johansson
Lars Johansson
Andreas Johnsson
Steve McDaniel
Mats Olvmo
Michael Zanetti
Published in EPSC Abstracts. European Planetary Science Congress
Volume 4, EPSC2009-772
Publication year 2009
Published at Department of Earth Sciences
Language en
Keywords Svalbard, Mars, alluvial fan, periglacial, permafrost
Subject categories Planetary system, Earth and Related Environmental Sciences


Small alluvial fan-like landforms have been observed on Mars in association with recent gullies. Such fans are relatively small (km-scale) when compared to large alluvial fans on Mars, which can reach dimensions of tens of kilometers. The small fans are part of an erosion-transportsedimentation system (alcove-channel-apron). Morphologically very similar systems can be studied on Svalbard (Norway), which is a cold and dry polar desert and, therefore, a potentially useful terrestrial analogue for Mars` climate and climaterelated landforms. Here we give an update on our field work in summer 2008 and a simultaneous flight campaign with an airborne version (HRSCAX) of the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) onboard Mars Express. We also present very preliminary results from the field campaign in summer 2009.

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