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Internet Resources for Teaching About Mars

This collection of digital resources includes web sites useful for integrating Mars data into commonly taught undergraduate geoscience courses and for teaching planetary geology in general.

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Mars Exploration Rover Mission part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Mars Exploration Rover mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. The web site includes updates about the rovers Spirit ...

Primary centers and secondary concentrations of tectonic activity through time in the western hemisphere of Mars part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article from the Journal of Geophysical Research discusses the timing of five main stages of radial and concentric structures formed around the Tharsis volcanic region on Mars. Geologic mapping ...

Recent gullies on Mars and the source of liquid water part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article from the Journal of Geophysical Research evaluates two mechanisms for the generation of liquid water at the surface of Mars in relation to recently discovered gullies. The first involves ...

Mars' Volatile and Climate History part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article from Nature attempts to piece together a coherent view of the evolution of the Martian climate. The authors use analysis of Martian meteorites and measurements from the Mars Global ...

Thermal and Crustal Evolution of Mars part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article from the Journal of Geophysical Research presents a thermal-magmatic model for the evolution of the crust and mantle of Mars. This model is consistent with estimates of Mars' ...

An alternative explanation for the 'Buried Channels' on Mars: The gravity signal from a sharp boundary on partially compensated, long-wavelength topography part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article from Geophysical Research Letters uses data from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter to examine the largest trough that flanks Tempe Terra. Contrary to previous research that concluded the ...

Exobiology: The Survival Ability of Halophiles under Martian Conditions part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This report examines the ability of two halophiles isolated from San Francisco Bay to survive severe Martian conditions. The report introduces the extreme conditions on Mars and offers a brief survey ...

NASA'S Mars Exploration Homepage part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This extensive site from NASA hosts a collection of science and news articles, images and animations, and resources for teachers and students. Information about various Martian missions and ...

Mars Pathfinder part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This extensive site from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is divided into two parts. The first features information available at the time of Pathfinder's 1997 landing on Mars while the ...

Mars Express part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from the European Space Agency (ESA) features information about the Mars Express orbiter and its ongoing mission. Mars Express represents ESA's first visit to another planet in the ...

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