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Recent aeolian erosion and deposition in the north polar plateau of Mars

1,2J.A.P. Rodriguez, 3Kenneth L. Tanaka, 4Yves Langevin, 2,5Mary Bourke, 6Jeffrey Kargel, 7Phil Christensen and 1Sho Sasaki

1National Astronomical Observatory, Mizusawa, Japan
2Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona, USA,
3Astrogeology Team, U.S. Geological Survey, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
4Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, CNRS / Univ. Paris Sud, France
5Oxford University Center for the Environment, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
6Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona, USA
7Department of Geological Science, Arizona State University, Arizona, USA

Mars 3, 29-41, 2007 | doi:10.1555/mars.2007.0003
Received December 8, 2006 | Accepted October 3, 2007 | Published December 3, 2007

We have identified extensive dark regions in the north polar plateau of Mars, which are largely free of surface water-ice. We propose that represent zones of recent sedimentary accumulation.

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