Pingos on Earth and Mars

Devon M. Burr, Kenneth L. Tanaka, Kenji Yoshikawa

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Pingos are massive ice-cored mounds that develop through pressurized groundwater flow mechanisms. Pingos and their collapsed forms are found in periglacial and paleoperiglacial terrains on Earth, and have been hypothesized for a wide variety of locations on Mars. This literature review of pingos on Earth and Mars first summarizes the morphology of terrestrial pingos and their geologic contexts. That information is then used to asses hypothesized pingos on Mars. Pingo-like forms (PLFs) in Utopia Planitia are the most viable candidates for pingos or collapsed pingos. Other PLFs hypothesized in the literature to be pingos may be better explained with other mechanisms than those associated with terrestrial-style pingos.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)541-555
Number of pages15
JournalPlanetary and Space Science
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - May 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Ground ice
  • Mars
  • Periglacial
  • Surface
  • Terrestrial analogues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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