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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 Meteorite Compendium part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This extensive compilation of data from Martian meteorites is organized rock by rock, with a brief mention of each important paper according to subject (petrology, isotopes, etc.) Chemical and ...

FUSE Observes Molecular Hydrogen in Mars' Atmosphere part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site features a summary of recent observations of molecular hydrogen molecules in the atmosphere of Mars taken by the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE). The FUSE measurements differ ...

The Daily Martian Weather Report part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from the Mars Global Surveyor Radio Science Team features the results of a detailed study of the Martian atmosphere in the form of a daily weather report and precise atmospheric ...

Recent Advances in Mars Tectonics part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This short article from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory features a pre-plate tectonic overview of the tectonic features and processes on Mars. The summary discusses how advances in knowledge expected ...

New Map Provides More Evidence Mars Once Like Earth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center summarizes recent findings that point to evidence of active plate tectonics on Mars. A high resolution magnetic field map of the entire planet, the ...

Mineralogy and Geochemistry: Mars Pathfinder Science Results part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center features a geochemical analysis of rocks and soils on the surface of Mars using the rover's Alpha Proton X-Ray Spectrometer. Interestingly, these ...

The Chemical Composition of Martian Soil and Rocks Returned by the Mobile Alpha Proton X-ray Spectrometer: Preliminary Results from the X-ray Mode part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article presents the chemical composition of six soils and five rocks at the Ares Vallis landing site obtained by the alpha proton x-ray spectrometer on board the rover of the Mars Pathfinder ...

Evidence of Ancient Martian Life in Meteorite ALH84001? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This NASA website provides a summary of a study led by NASA's David McKay that may provide evidence for past life on Mars. McKay and his team found carbonate globule features on the ALH84001 ...

Magnetite morphology and life on Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This National Academy of Sciences scholarly paper discusses the strongest line of evidence for past life on Mars based on NASA's David McKay's original claims of finding nanofossils on the ALH84001 ...

Infrared Analysis of Small Impact Craters on Earth and Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article from the Image Visualization and Infrared Spectroscopy Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh examines how thermal infrared data (TIR) from the Thermal Emission Imaging System ...