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Special Topics in Geological Sciences: The Hydrological Cycle on Mars: Evidence for Oceans

GEOL 2920K S01 [CRN: 26835]

Ocean-scale bodies of water may have occupied the northern lowlands of Mars at two times: 1) Late Noachian, when geologic evidence suggests a “warm and wet” climate; 2) Late Hesperian, when massive outflow channels emptied ocean-scale volumes of groundwater into the lowlands. We will first critically examine geologic evidence for the presence of oceans (including evidence for water sources, sinks, locations, depths, states and durations), and then explore the implications for the hydrological system, the martian water budget and inventory, sedimentation and sedimentary deposits, climate and its evolution, mineralogical alteration, coincident geological events, and the origin and evolution of life.
Spring 2018
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15:00 - 17:30 Wed - from Jan 24, 2018 to May 18, 2018
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