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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 part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) planet profile provides data and images of the planet Mars. These data include planet size, orbit facts, distance from the Sun, rotation and ...

Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) Science Investigation part of SERC Web Resource Collection

MOLA is an instrument orbiting Mars on the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft. It transmits infrared laser pulses in order to construct a precise topographic map of Mars.

Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This section of the Windows to the Universe web site provides information and images about Mars including detailed information about this planet, space science, Martian atmosphere, Martian weather, ...

Your Planetary Protection Officer part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a brief article about John Rummel, NASA's Planetary Protection Officer. It explains the purpose of planetary protection (to prevent contamination of Earth by alien life forms and of space by ...

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' average ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Mars Ocean Project: A Graphical Analysis of Proposed Shorelines on Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Done in the style of a journal article, the web page publishes the author's use of a virtual model to investigate the nature of proposed shorelines for past oceans on Mars. The author describes ...

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