Talks and Poster Presentations (with Proceedings-Entry):
B. Székely, T. Podobnikar:
"A method for automated extraction of Martian talus slopes - case studies of Nanedi Valles and West Candor Chasma, Mars";
Talk: Geomorphometry 2009,
Universität Zürich, Zürich-Irchel;
- 2009-09-02; in: "Proceedings of Geomorphometry 2009",
Terrestrial talus (or scree) slopes are common features in mountainous environments. Their geomorphic form is determined by their constituting material, scree or similar loose, often poorly sorted material. The angle of repose of this type of material defines more or less the surface slope of these forms. On Earth they are sometimes slightly vegetated, therefore they might become slightly oversteepened and metastable. Martian talus slopes are governed by differing environmental conditions: lower gravity (ca. 38% of the terrestrial), largely available loose material (often windblown), the lack of (present) fluvial erosion and typical large escarpments make the talus slopes more important areomorphic feature on Mars than on Earth. Our previous approach to outline terrestrial talus surfaces in the Eastern Alps in an automated way (Székely and Podobnikar 2008) has been successful in finding certain types of talus surfaces. On the other hand the method has been found to be somewhat sensitive to the resolution of the applied DTM. Here we apply a similar technique to two Martian DTMs derived from High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) imagery on board of ESA Mars Express (Jaumann et al. 2007).
Our main aim is to separate and outline the talus surface areas from other slopes (like escarpments, impact rims, etc.) in the study areas of Nanedi Valles and West Candor Chasma in order to analyse the spatial distribution of this phenomenon, in craters, along escarpments, and, especially, in the area of vallis sides.
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