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Meeting Location and Date

The Late Mars Workshop will be held October 1–2, 2018 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association (USRA), 3600 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, Texas 77058.

Purpose and Scope

The temporal and geographical scale of liquid water on early Mars is thought to have been much more ubiquitous and long-standing than it is today, as current boundary conditions exhibit extreme aridity, generally low atmospheric pressure, and mean temperatures largely below the freezing point of water. The observation of geologically recent gully-formation and -flow, the ephemeral but iterative presence of RSLs, as well as the widespread distribution of possible glacial and periglacial landscapes, suggest that liquid water may have played a much more dynamic, if not enigmatic, role in the Late Amazonian Epoch than might be expected. On the other hand, others suggest that CO2 or various dry processes are the only plausible agents of landscape change under current or relatively recent conditions.

This first Late Mars Workshop will be a discursive platform for the exchange of ideas, observations, and hypotheses among planetary scientists keen to explore and explain the recent evolution of the martian landscape. This includes discussions of landforms and/or geological processes (aeolian, volcanic, tectonic, etc.) that are not directly related to volatile cycles but that are part of the active martian geosphere. The workshop will comprise oral and poster sessions as well as panel and open-microphone exchanges.

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