UTIG Seminar Series: Caleb Fassett, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
||October 28, 2016 at 10:30 am
||October 28, 2016 at 11:30 am|
| ||Location:||PRC ROC Room 1.603|
| ||Contact:||Joe Levy, email@example.com, 512-475-6121|
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Title: Landform Evolution Rates on the Moon and Mercury
Abstract: When we look at the Moon or Mercury, we see densely cratered surfaces, and it is tempting to think that these airless bodies experience no ongoing erosion or topographic change. However, slow landform evolution is occurring, which, over the course of billions of years, becomes a significant process. By studying the degradation of impact craters, we can infer both the rate at which landform evolution occurs and better understand the underlying processes causing topographic change. The derived rates can then be used to estimate the age of craters, surface units, and other landforms based on their topography. In addition, a comparison with similar measurements on Mercury suggests that it experiences much faster landscape evolution rates than the Moon.