Recent extreme floods on Mars

Devon Burr, Alfred McEwen

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New high-resolution images of the large (>20 km wide) flood channels near the Cerberus Plains and in Marte Vallis, Mars, reveal streamlined islands, longitudinal grooving, and terracing, similar to features in the Channeled Scabland (USA). These are the youngest catastrophic flood channels on Mars, formed less than 200-500 × 106 years ago, and fluvial morphologies are preserved on scales of a few metres. Peak discharges are estimated as more than 107 m3 s-1. Our data indicate that the water originated in the region north of the Cerberus Plains, and was probably related to volcanic processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-106
Number of pages6
JournalIAHS-AISH Publication
Issue number271
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Cerberus Plains
  • Longitudinal grooving
  • Mars
  • Marte Vallis
  • Streamlined forms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Water Science and Technology


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