Melissa Clark

Mentor: Selby Cull

Aqueous processes in the Valles Marineris

In recent years many strides were made in understanding the effects of aqueous processes on the development of Valles Marineris, a large canyon located on Mars.  This study will be focusing specifically on Ius Chasm, a portion of the canyon, which is postulated once had glacial activity. In order to discern whether glaciers or other fluvial processes where active in this region we will use two data sets. The first, the spectra from the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM), will give insight into what mineral groups are present. While the High-resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) data set will allow us to look at the morphologies of those mineral deposits. By pairing these data sets a greater understanding of Ius Chasm's aqueous geologic history will be discovered.