Spectral scaling in Mars topography: effect of craters.

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Abstract

Extensive computer simulations aimed at testing a hypothesis that impact craters may explain the scaling behaviour of surface spectra are presented. The simulations show that indeed crater effects alone may explain the spectral scaling of Mars' topography revealed from MOLA data. The range of the scaling exponents obtained for a wide range of simulation parameters does not exceed the limits observed for Mars. The simulations suggest that the shape of large craters is the key factor leading to the two scaling ranges in the surface spectra. Particular values of the scaling exponents may additionally depend on the depth-diameter relationship and the crater size distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-112
Number of pages10
JournalActa Geophysica
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • Mars
  • craters
  • planet surface
  • spectral scaling
  • ORBITER LASER ALTIMETER
  • STATISTICS

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