Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets

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Accepted Articles (Accepted, unedited articles published online and citable. The final edited and typeset version of record will appear in future.)

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 24/173 (Geosciences Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 2169-9100

Associated Title(s): Journal of Geophysical Research


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  1. Research Articles

    1. Statistical studies on Mars atmospheric sputtering by precipitating pickup O+: Preparation for the MAVEN mission

      Yung-Ching Wang, Janet G. Luhmann, Xiaohua Fang, François Leblanc, Robert E. Johnson, Yingjuan Ma and Wing-Huen Ip

      Accepted manuscript online: 21 OCT 2014 12:30AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014JE004660

      Key Points

      • Sputtering loss rates are controlled by the environments.
      • Solar wind is the major driver to determine the pickup ion sputtering.
      • Sputtering response relations are derived for the preparation of MAVEN mission.
    2. A positive feedback between magmatism and mantle upwelling in terrestrial planets: Implications for the Moon

      Masaki Ogawa

      Accepted manuscript online: 20 OCT 2014 10:27PM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014JE004717

      Key Points

      • A positive feedback between magmatism and mantle upwelling is identified.
      • The feedback operates to boost magmatism and convection in the Earth and Venus.
      • The feedback does not operate in the Moon because of its small size.
    3. On the origin of the Vastitas Borealis Formation in Chryse and Acidalia Planitiae, Mars

      M. R. Salvatore and P. R. Christensen

      Accepted manuscript online: 16 OCT 2014 12:07AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014JE004682

      Key Points

      • A hypothesis for the evolution of the Vastitas Borealis formation is tested.
      • The expulsion of mud from the shallow subsurface best explains the observations.
      • Massive quantities of liquid water were required to form this geologic unit.
    4. Reflectance Spectra of Hydrated Chlorine Salts: The Effect of Temperature with Implications for Europa

      Jennifer Hanley, J. Brad Dalton III, Vincent F. Chevrier, Corey Jamieson and R. Scott Barrows

      Accepted manuscript online: 16 OCT 2014 12:02AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013JE004565

      Key Points

      • Hydrated chlorine salts should exist on Europa and be detected by remote sensing
      • Low temperature spectra are different from room temperature
      • At low temp, spectral features are narrower and shallower than at room temp
    5. Observations of Rock Spectral Classes by the Opportunity Rover's Pancam on northern Cape York and on Matijevic Hill, Endeavour Crater, Mars

      W. H. Farrand, J. F. Bell III, J. R. Johnson, M. S. Rice, B. L. Jolliff and R. E. Arvidson

      Accepted manuscript online: 15 OCT 2014 11:57PM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014JE004641

      Key Points

      • 6 rock spectral classes were identified on north Cape York and Matijevic Hill
      • Spectral differences between veins in different rock units were observed
      • Matijevic Fm coatings have band minimum near 950 nm consistent with nontronite
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      The Gravity Field, Orientation, and Ephemeris of Mercury from MESSENGER Observations after Three Years in Orbit

      Erwan Mazarico, Antonio Genova, Sander Goossens, Frank G. Lemoine, Gregory A. Neumann, Maria T. Zuber, David E. Smith and Sean C. Solomon

      Accepted manuscript online: 8 OCT 2014 11:00PM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014JE004675

      Key Points

      • We determined Mercury's gravity field from three years of MESSENGER radio data.
      • We estimated Mercury's spin axis orientation and obliquity.
      • We improved the Mercury ephemeris from the MESSENGER ranging data.
    7. Modeling VIRTIS/VEX O2(a1∆g) nightglow profiles affected by the propagation of gravity waves in the Venus upper mesosphere

      F. Altieri, A. Migliorini, L. Zasova, A. Shakun, G. Piccioni and G. Bellucci

      Accepted manuscript online: 4 OCT 2014 08:06AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013JE004585

      Key Points

      • First time modeling of VIRTIS/VEX O2 nightglow double peak profiles
      • Discussion of the uncertainties due to unknown initial CO2 and O profiles
      • Derivation of gravity waves properties shaping the O2 nightglow profiles
    8. Impact basin relaxation as a probe for the thermal history of Pluto

      Shunichi Kamata and Francis Nimmo

      Accepted manuscript online: 4 OCT 2014 12:06AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014JE004679

      Key Points

      • Viscoelastic deformation of impact basins on Pluto is investigated.
      • Present-day relaxation fractions strongly depend on the radiogenic heating rate.
      • Resulting tectonic patterns also depend on the radiogenic heating rate.

      Erica R. Jawin, Walter S. Kiefer, Caleb I. Fassett, D. Benjamin J. Bussey, Joshua T. S. Cahill, M. Darby Dyar, Samuel J. Lawrence and Paul D. Spudis

      Accepted manuscript online: 3 OCT 2014 08:20AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014JE004668

      Key Points

      • LOLA and radar data are compared to measure roughness at various length scales
      • Radar roughness correlates well with 25-100 meter scale topographic roughness
      • The correlation is stronger at 70 cm radar wavelength than at 13 cm wavelength
    10. Mechanisms of explosive volcanism on Mercury: implications from its global distribution and morphology

      Rebecca J. Thomas, David A. Rothery, Susan J. Conway and Mahesh Anand

      Accepted manuscript online: 3 OCT 2014 08:17AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014JE004692

      Key Points

      • 150 candidate sites of explosive volcanism identified on Mercury
      • Regional and local distribution supports a structural control on eruption
      • Probable concentration of volatiles during shallow magma storage
    11. Studies Of Lava Flows in the Tharsis Region of Mars Using Shallow Radar (SHARAD)

      Molly N. Simon, Lynn M. Carter, Bruce A. Campbell, Roger J. Phillips and Stefania Mattei

      Accepted manuscript online: 30 SEP 2014 11:18AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014JE004666

      Key Points

      • Complete survey of Mars' Tharsis region
      • Permittivity and loss tangent values of the flows are consistent with basalt
      • Used SHARAD data to estimate flow properties
    12. Crater degradation on the lunar maria: Topographic diffusion and the rate of erosion on the Moon

      Caleb I. Fassett and Bradley J. Thomson

      Accepted manuscript online: 30 SEP 2014 08:02AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014JE004698

      Key Points

      • Lunar crater degradation can be treated as a topographic diffusion problem.
      • Degradation state can be used to estimate the age of individual craters.
      • The mean diffusivity of the Moon's surface over the last 3 Ga is ~5.5 m2/My.
    13. The Formation of Lunar Mascon Basins from Impact to Contemporary Form

      Andrew M. Freed, Brandon C. Johnson, David M. Blair, H. J. Melosh, Gregory A. Neumann, Roger J. Phillips, Sean C. Solomon, Mark A. Wieczorek and Maria T. Zuber

      Accepted manuscript online: 19 SEP 2014 04:33PM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014JE004657

      Key Points

      • We modeled the evolution of lunar basins from impact to contemporary form
      • The evolution of basins result from crater collapse and isostatic adjustment
      • Calculations enable inference of impactor and lunar properties
    14. Chemistry of fracture-filling raised ridges in Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater: window into past aqueous activity and habitability on Mars.

      Richard J. Léveillé, John Bridges, Roger C. Wiens, Nicolas Mangold, Agnes Cousin, Nina Lanza, Olivier Forni, Ann Ollila, John Grotzinger, Samuel Clegg, Kirsten Siebach, Gilles Berger, Ben Clark, Cécile Fabre, Ryan Anderson, Olivier Gasnault, Diana Blaney, Lauren Deflores, Laurie Leshin, Sylvestre Maurice and Horton Newsom

      Accepted manuscript online: 18 JUL 2014 05:01PM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014JE004620

      Key Points

      • Raised ridges were investigated by the Curiosity rover in the Sheepbed mudstone.
      • Their chemistry shows an enrichement in Mg.
      • Composition reveals a cement stratigraphy


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