Martian Layered Fluvial Deposits: Implications for Noachian Climate Scenarios
Article first published online: 30 DEC 2003
Copyright 2003 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 30, Issue 24, December 2003
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2003), Martian Layered Fluvial Deposits: Implications for Noachian Climate Scenarios, Geophys. Res. Lett., 30, 2292, doi:10.1029/2003GL019002, 24., , , and (
- Issue published online: 30 DEC 2003
- Article first published online: 30 DEC 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 DEC 2003
- Manuscript Revised: 2 DEC 2003
- Manuscript Received: 5 NOV 2003
 Fluvial deposits in a basin north of Holden crater exhibiting a sinuous, anabranching pattern are of deltaic or fan origin. Channel width and meander wavelength indicate persistent flow magnitudes of about 700 m3/s. If these flows were produced by quasi-periodic climate episodes involving typical terrestrial-style precipitation, the deposit required thousands to millions of years to accumulate. However, a scenario of deposition during a few short episodes of constant heavy precipitation resulting from large impacts cannot be excluded.