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Two Faces of Mars Explained

How might they be different from the rules here on Earth? We suggest that a common fluid type that has been buffered to different pH levels by basaltic weathering controls the variability among Martian evaporite assemblages and that evaporite mineralogy and brine evolution is essentially established by the initial composition of the dilute evaporating fluid. All rights reserved. AB - Assemblages of evaporite minerals record detailed physical and chemical characteristics of ancient surficial environments.

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Research at St Andrews. Section navigation. Standard Chemical divides and evaporite assemblages on Mars. Both impact-related hypotheses involve processes that could have occurred before the end of the primordial bombardment, implying that the crustal dichotomy has its origins early in the history of Mars.

A single mega-impact would produce a very large, circular depression in the crust. The proposed depression has been named the Borealis Basin.

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However, most estimations of the shape of the lowlands area produce a shape that in places dramatically deviates from the circular shape. Also if the proposed Borealis basin is a depression created by an impact, it would be the largest impact crater known in the Solar System. An object that large could have hit Mars sometime during the process of the Solar System accretion. It is expected that an impact of such magnitude would have produced an ejecta blanket that should be found in areas around the lowland and generate enough heat to form volcanoes. However, if the impact occurred around 4.

Also, the mega-impact could have scattered a large portion of the debris into outer space and across the southern hemisphere. Geologic evidence of the debris would provide very convincing support for this hypothesis.

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A study [17] provided additional research towards the single giant impact theory in the northern hemisphere. In the past tracing of the impact boundaries was complicated by the presence of the Tharsis volcanic rise. The researchers at MIT and Jet Propulsion Lab at CIT have been able to use gravity and topography of Mars to constrain the location of the dichotomy beneath the Tharsis rise, thus creating an elliptical model of the dichotomy boundary.

The elliptical shape of the Borealis Basin brought to the Northern Single Impact Hypothesis [18] [19] as a re-edition of the original theory [20] published in However, this hypothesis has been countered by a new hypothesis of a giant impact to the South Pole of Mars with a Moon -sized object that melted the southern hemisphere of Mars, triggered the magnetic field of the planet, and formed the dichotomy upon cooling of the magma ocean. It is believed that plate tectonic processes could have been active on Mars early in the planet's history [ citation needed ].

Large-scale redistribution of lithospheric crustal material is known to be caused by plate tectonic processes on Earth. Even though it is still not entirely clear how mantle processes affect plate tectonics on Earth, mantle convection is believed to be involved as cells or plumes. Since endogenic processes of Earth have yet to be completely understood, studying of similar processes on Mars is very difficult.

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The dichotomy could be created at the time of the creation of the Martian core. The roughly circular shape of the lowland could then be attributed to plume-like first-order overturn which could occur in the process of rapid core formation. There is evidence for internally driven tectonic events in the vicinity of the lowland area that clearly occurred at the end of the early bombardment phase.

A study [22] suggests that degree-1 mantle convection could have created the dichotomy. Degree-1 mantle convection is a convective process in which one hemisphere is dominated by an upwelling, while the other hemisphere is downwelling.

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Some of the evidence is the abundance of extensive fracturing and igneous activity of late Noachian to early Hesperian age. A counter argument to the endogenic hypothesis is the possibility of those tectonic events occurring in the Borealis Basin due to the post-impact weakening of the crust.

In order to further support the endogenic origin hypothesis geologic evidence of faulting and flexing of the crust prior to the end of the primordial bombardment is needed. However, the lack of plate tectonics on Mars weakens this hypothesis. The multiple impact hypothesis is supported by correlation of segments of the dichotomy with the rims of several large impact basins.

But there are large parts of the Borealis Basin outside the rims of those impact basins.

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