Geologic map of Mars

Scientific Investigations Map 3292
Prepared for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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This global geologic map of Mars, which records the distribution of geologic units and landforms on the planet's surface through time, is based on unprecedented variety, quality, and quantity of remotely sensed data acquired since the Viking Orbiters. These data have provided morphologic, topographic, spectral, thermophysical, radar sounding, and other observations for integration, analysis, and interpretation in support of geologic mapping. In particular, the precise topographic mapping now available has enabled consistent morphologic portrayal of the surface for global mapping (whereas previously used visual-range image bases were less effective, because they combined morphologic and albedo information and, locally, atmospheric haze). Also, thermal infrared image bases used for this map tended to be less affected by atmospheric haze and thus are reliable for analysis of surface morphology and texture at even higher resolution than the topographic products.

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Geologic map of Mars
Series title Scientific Investigations Map
Series number 3292
DOI 10.3133/sim3292
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Astrogeology Science Center
Description Map Sheet: 55.89 x 42.70 inches; Pamphlet: ii, 43 p.; Figure 2; Table D1; Description of Map Units with locality images; Readme; Metadata: TXT; Metadata: XML; Database
Other Geospatial Mars
Projection Robinson Pseudocylindrical Projection
Scale 20000000
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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