2020 Annual Meeting of Planetary Geologic Mappers

July 23, 2020


Program and Abstracts


Thursday, July 23, 2020

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (11:00 PDT; 8:00 a.m. HST)

2:00 p.m.


3:10 p.m.

Inner Solar System:  Mercury

3:25 p.m.

Inner Solar System:  Venus

3:30 p.m.

Inner Solar System:  Moon

4:05 p.m.

Inner Solar System:  Mars

4:50 p.m.

Outer Solar System

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Other Abstracts Submitted


Thursday, July 23, 2020


2:00 p.m. EDT




Authors (*Denotes Presenter)

Abstract Title and Summary

2:00 p.m.

Skinner J.   Fortezzo C.   Mouginis-Mark P. J.

Introduction to Meeting and Speaker Guidelines

2:10 p.m.

Skinner J. *

USGS Mapping Program

2:25 p.m.

Fortezzo C. *

Technical Review Changes

2:35 p.m.

Huff A. E. *   Buban H. C.   Skinner J. A. Jr.

Standardized Schema for Mapping Impact Craters: Results [#7046]
There are known inconsistencies and errors with map representations of impact units in planetary geology. We present a standardized schema for mapping impact craters to more accurately represent the geology present at craters and their relative ages.

2:40 p.m.

Mouginis-Mark P. J. *

Planetary Mapping Decadal White Paper

2:50 p.m.

Burr D. M. *   Wolak J. M.   Learner Ponterio Z. A.   Skinner J. A. Jr.

Broadening our Community through a NASA Planetary Geologic Mapping Workshop [#7004]
We aim to support and broaden involvement in the planetary geologic mapping community through a NASA-sponsored planetary geologic mapping workshop.

2:55 p.m.




Thursday, July 23, 2020


3:10 p.m. EDT




Authors (*Denotes Presenter)

Abstract Title and Summary

3:10 p.m.

Kinczyk M. J.   Byrne P. K. *   Prockter L. M.   Denevi B. W.   Buczkowski D. L.   Ostrach L. R.   Miller E. B.

Progress on Constructing the Global Geological Map of Mercury [#7021]
We’re mapping the innermost planet, which has all these ancient plains on it. What units are these? Old lavas, it seems. We’ll tell you why they are volcanic.

3:15 p.m.

Whitten J. L. *   Fassett C. I.   Ostrach L. R.

The Derain (H-10) Quadrangle on Mercury [#7049]
A geologic map of the Derain (H-10) quadrangle is now complete, as is the DOMU. The quadrangle is dominated by intercrater plains. Younger materials in Derain include smooth plains concentrated in the north and immature craters on its western half.

3:20 p.m.

Wright J. *   Rothery D. A.   Balme M. R.   Conway S. J.

Geologic Map of the Hokusai Quadrangle (H05) of Mercury [#7038]
The first geologic map of H05 was published in Journal of Maps (2019). We have now updated it with a cross-section. Next, we will reconcile it with the surrounding quadrangles and adjust our shapefiles to align with new, controlled MESSENGER mosaics.


Thursday, July 23, 2020


3:25 p.m. EDT




Authors (*Denotes Presenter)

Abstract Title and Summary

3:25 p.m.

Aubele J. C. *

Geologic Mapping of Shimti Tessera (V-11) and Vellamo Planitia (V-12) Quadrangles, Venus: Type Location of the Venus Shield Plains Unit [#7047]
Shimti Tessera and Vellamo Planitia are located in the northern hemisphere of Venus. The intent of the mapping was to analyze the shield plains material in its type location. The unit represents an unusual style of resurfacing.


Thursday, July 23, 2020


3:30 p.m. EDT




Authors (*Denotes Presenter)

Abstract Title and Summary

3:30 p.m.

Garry W. B. *   Yingst R. A.   Mest S. C.   Ostrach L. R.   Jodhpurkar M. J.

Updating the Geologic Maps of the Apollo 15-16-17 Landing Sites - Year 2 [#7052]
This is a status update on 6 geologic maps being produced for USGS SIM Series on the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 landing sites.

3:35 p.m.

Poehler C. M. *   Ivanov M. A.   van der Bogert C. H.   Hiesinger H.   Iqbal W.   Pasckert J. H.   Wright J.   Head J. W.

A New Geological Map of the Lunar South Pole-Aitken Basin Region [#7044]
We provide a new geological map of the lunar South Pole-Aitken region at a scale of 1:500,000 (1:500K) including crater size-frequency measurements for an absolute stratigraphy of geological units in the region.

3:40 p.m.

Mikolajewski S. *   Hiesinger H.   van der Bogert C. H.   Schmedemann N.

Moscoviense Basin: Potential Landing Site for future Lunar Missions [#7039]
We present a detailed geological map of the Moscoviense basin and its surroundig area. This map could be the foundation for future lunar exploration of the farside.

3:45 p.m.

Weitz C. M. *   Mest S. C.   Berman D. C.   Morgan G. A.   Gaddis L. R.

Geologic Mapping of Dark Mantle Deposits in Sinus Aestuum and Mare Vaporum [#7023]
We are producing a USGS geologic map at 1:1,000,000 (1:1M) scale from 18.5° W to 9.5° E and 0° N to 16° N, which includes the pyroclastic dark mantle deposits (DMDs) in Sinus Aestuum, Rima Bode, and Mare Vaporum.

3:50 p.m.


Q&A / Break


Thursday, July 23, 2020


4:05 p.m. EDT




Authors (*Denotes Presenter)

Abstract Title and Summary

4:05 p.m.

Sun V. Z. *   Stack K. M.

Geologic Map of the Jezero and Nili Planum Regions of Mars [#7019]
We will present our progress on a USGS SIM geologic map of the Jezero and Nili Planum regions of Mars (1:20,000 and 1:75,000 digital and print map scales, respectively), which is the region that the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover will be exploring.

4:10 p.m.

Stack K. M. *   Mars 2020 Science Team

Geologic Map of the Perseverance Landing Site by the Mars 2020 Science Team [#7017]
The Mars 2020 Science Team worked collaboratively to produce a photo-geologic map of the Perseverance landing site in and around Jezero crater.

4:15 p.m.

Wilson S. A. *   Grant J. A.

Geologic Mapping in Margaritifer Terra: Facilitating Scientific Investigations into the History of Aqueous Activity on Mars [#7057]
This newly funded project, with an expected completion date of 2023, will map Mars Transverse Mercator (MTM) quadrangles -20022, -25022, -20017, and -25012 in Margaritifer Terra at a map scale of 1:1,100,000.

4:20 p.m.

Crown D. A. *   Berman D. C.   Scheidt S. P.   Hauber E.

Alba Mons, Mars: Geologic Mapping Investigations of the Summit Region and Western Flank [#7042]
Geologic maps of the summit region (32.5-47.5°N, 245-255°E) and western flank (37.5-47.5°N, 230-245°E) of Alba Mons at 1:1M-scale have been produced to determine its geologic history and volcanic evolution.

4:25 p.m.

Robas C. *   Molina A.   López I.   Prieto-Ballesteros O.   Fairén A.

Geomorphology of the Sinus Sabaeus region, Mars. [#7026]
We have produced a 1:500,000 scale geomorphological map of the Sinus Sabaeus region (Mars), to constrain better its hydrogeological evolution.

4:30 p.m.

Siwabessy A. G. *   Anderson R. C.   Rodrigue C. M.

Preliminary 1:1M Geologic Map of Terra Cimmeria, Mars [#7033]
A preliminary geologic map of Terra Cimmeria, Mars, has been prepared at 1:1M. A geohistorical interpretation is forthcoming pending the completion of crater counts.

4:35 p.m.


Q&A / Break


Thursday, July 23, 2020


4:50 p.m. EDT




Authors (*Denotes Presenter)

Abstract Title and Summary

4:50 p.m.

Scully J. E. C. *   Schenk P. M.   Castillo-Rogez J. C.   Buczkowski D. L.   Williams D. A.   Pasckert J. H.   Duarte K. D.   Romero V. N.   Quick L. C.   Sori M. M.   Landis M. E.   Raymond C. A.   Neesemann A.   Schmidt B. E.   Sizemore H. G.   Russell C. T.

Insights into the Varied Sources of Faculae-Forming Brines in Ceres’ Occator Crater, Derived from Geologic Mapping [#7016]
We use the highest resolution Dawn data (3 m/pixel) to create a geologic map of the interior of Occator crater, which contains the well-known bright faculae. We derive insights into the emplacement mechanism, volume and source of the faculae.

4:55 p.m.

Leonard E. J. *   Senske D. A.   Patthoff D. A.

Geologic Mapping of Europa at the Regional Scale [#7030]
We have started work on regional geologic mapping at a 1:2M scale on Europa.

5:00 p.m.

Martin E. S. *   Patthoff D. A.

Mapping Neptune’s Moon Triton [#7024]
Triton is awesome/ Mapping ocean worlds is hard/ Updates and reports.

5:05 p.m.

White O. L. *   Singer K. N.   Williams D. A.   Moore J. M.   Lopes R. M. C.   Stern S. A.   McGovern P. J.

Progress on Global Geologic Mapping of Pluto [#7018]
We present a summary of mapping completed to date for a US Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map (SIM) at 1:7M scale that covers the >75% of Pluto’s surface that was imaged by the New Horizons spacecraft flyby in 2015.

5:10 p.m.


Q&A / DISCUSSION:  The Way Forward

5:30 p.m.


Meeting Adjourn





Authors (*Denotes Presenter)

Abstract Title and Summary

Adeli S.   Nass A.   Tirsch D.   Acktories S.   Steffens S.   Hauber E.

Regional Geologic Mapping of the Oxia Planum Landing Site for ExoMars [#7035]
Here we present a preliminary regional map of the ExoMars landing site in Oxia Planum, at CTX-scale. This map will provide a contextualization of the geological units within the stratigraphy of western Arabia Terra and Chryse Planitia.

Anderson R. C.   Parker T.   Fewell N.   Schroeder J.   Siwabessy A.

Preliminary Geologic And Tectonic History Of Bathys Planum Region, Mars [#7020]
The formation of the Tharsis rise dominated the geologic and tectonic history of the western hemisphere of Mars.  Bathys Planum region is an area that was heavily affected by the initial formation of Tharsis and especially the Claritas rise.

Bernhardt H.   Williams D. A.   Klimczak C.

Geomorphologic and Structural Mapping of Pityusa Patera indicates Formation as Funnel-type Caldera above Magma Chamber at Crust-Mantle Boundary [#7015]
The extent and degree of folding of massifs inside Pityusa Patera are consistent with deposits shortened by 1.2-2.2% in a funnel-type caldera resulting from magma chamber collapse at ~58 km depth, i.e., potentially at the crust-mantle interface.

Cairns K.   Hiesinger H.   Iqbal W.

Investigation of Pits and Dune Fields in Craters in Noachis Terra, Mars [#7043]
We mapped five craters in Noachis Terra, Mars, to investigate the formation of intracrater pits and dunes using CTX images.

Edgar L. A.   Bennett K. A.   Fortezzo C. M.   Jodhpurkar M.   Skinner J. A. Jr

Geologic Mapping and Stratigraphic Analyses in South-Western Melas Chasma, Mars: Year 2 Progress [#7040]
Through regional (1:150K) and local (1:15K) mapping, this work characterizes basin-forming processes and sediment provenance within SW Melas Chasma, and places the Melas basin into a broader context within the Valles Marineris canyon system.

Garry W. B.   Williams D. A.

Update on the 1:1M Geomorphologic Maps of Arsia Mons and Pavonis Mons, Mars [#7050]
Status update on the Arsia Mons and Pavonis Mons geomorphologic maps, part of a USGS SIM series that cover the Tharsis Montes. The Arsia Mons map is currently in revision. The Pavonis Mons map is in preparation for submission.

Gebbing T.   Hiesinger H.   Iqbal W.   van der Bogert C. H.

New Maps of the Apollo 16 Landing Site [#7045]
The Geology of the Apollo 16 landing site was reanalyzed and mapped with the recent lunar data including LROC, SELENE and Clementine data.

Hughson K. H. G.   Schmidt B. E.   Udell K.   Scully J. E. C.   Romero V.   Schenk P.   Buczkowski D. L.   Williams D. A.   Castillo-Rogez J. C.   Raymond C. A.   Russell C. T.

Geologic Mapping and Geospatial Analysis of Possible Pingos on Ceres [#7027]
Possible pingo-like features exist on the surface of Ceres. Geologic mapping reveals their distribution, affinities, and informs our understanding of the potential subsurface hydrology of Ceres.

Iqbal W.   Hiesinger H.   van der Bogert C. H.   Gebbing T.   Borisov D.

Geological Mapping of the Apollo Landing Sites for Scientific Investigations [#7011]
A fresh look at the geology of the historical Apollo landing site for solving advanced scientific querries.

Irwin R. P. III

Unconformity-bounded Geologic Units in Noachian Terrain on Mars [#7051]
A process-neutral methodology allows subdivision of Noachian cratered terrain on Mars into unconformity-bounded geologic units with distinct ages and resurfacing histories. Differential resistance to erosion is noted in Noachian materials.

Jodhpurkar M. J.   Ostrach L. R.   Garry W. B.   Mest S. C.   Yingst R. A.   Petro N. E.   Cohen B. A.

Update on Creating Crater Catalogs of the Apollo 15-16-17 Landing Sites [#7029]
We used LROC WAC and NAC data to update crater catalogs in the Apollo 15-16-17 landing sites at the 1:24K and 1:200K scales as part of an effort to digitize these maps for future planetary science analyses.

Keszthelyi L.   Huff A.   Jaeger W.

Completing the Geologic Mapping of Athabasca Valles, Mars [#7053]
Map is in production.  Mapping super-recent lavas requires HiRISE resolution.

Koeppel A.   Edwards C. S.   Carrillo G.   Annex A.   Lewis K.

Reinterpreting Thermal Inertia for Mapping Martian Geology [#7056]

We present evidence that the use of thermal inertia in differentiating geologic units on Mars requires consideration of erosional patterns and dust settling.

Lang N. P.   Thomson B J.

Volcanic Geology of the Imdr Regio (V-51) Quadrangle, Venus:  An Initial Look [#7037]
We present our initial results from informal mapping of the volcanic geology of the V-51 quadrangle, Venus.

Man B.   Rothery D. A.   Balme M. R.   Conway S. J.   Wright J.

Geological mapping of the Neruda quadrangle (H13) of Mercury [#7028]
I am producing a geological map of the Neruda quadrangle (H13), Mercury at a scale of 1:3M. Digital mapping is being undertaken using ArcGIS software using MESSENGER MDIS data, collected between 2011–2015.

Molina A.   Robas C.   Voelker M.   López I.   de Pablo M. A.   Prieto-Ballesteros O.   Fairén A. G.

Grid Mapping for the Study of Geologic Gradients along Arabia Terra in the Context of the ExoMars 2022 Landing Site [#7025]
To study the spatial distribution of both the water- and volcanic-related features in Arabia Terra, we performed a grid-based mapping in two perpendicular stripes that overlap in ExoMars 2022 landing site, using CTX images, topography, and THEMIS TI.

Okubo C. H.   Buban H. C.

Geologic Mapping in the Southern Utopia Basin: 2020 Status Report [#7054]
In the southern Utopia basin of Mars, enigmatic landforms commonly referred to as pitted cones are being investigated to further understand their origin.

Putzig N. E.   Morgan G. A.   Bain Z. M.   Baker D. M. H.   Bramson A. M.   Courville S. W.   Dundas C. M.   Hoover R. H.   Nerozzi S.   Pathare A.   Perry M. R.   Petersen E. I.   Sizemore H. G.   Campbell B. A.   Mastrogiuseppe M.   Mellon M. T.   Smith I. B.

Subsurface Water Ice Mapping (SWIM) on Mars in Support of In Situ Resource Utilization [#7055]
We report results from the Subsurface Water Ice Mapping (SWIM) on Mars Project, which is delineating buried water ice in the mid-latitudes that may be used as a resource by future human exploration missions.

Robbins S. J.   Kirchoff M. R.   Hoover R. H.

Fully Controlling Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Context Camera Images and Producing Photometrically Stable Mosaics [#7012]
CTX data / Make a great, controlled Mars map. / Someone should do it.

Rothery D. A.   Galluzzi V.   Wright J.

European Co-ordinated Quadrangle Mapping of Mercury [#7022]
Status of and plans for quadrangle geologic mapping of Mercury, in preparation for BepiColombo.

Sizemore H. G.   Crown D. A.   O’Brien D. P.   Berman D. C.   Buczkowski D. L.   Scully J. E. C.   Neesemann A.

High Resolution Geologic Mapping of Urvara Crater, Ceres [#7036]
We present an overview of plans for the production of a USGS SIM of Urvara Crater, Ceres, including key science drivers and production of ancillary data products.

Williams D. A.   Malaska M. J.   Lopes R. M. C.   Schoenfeld A.

USGS Global Geologic Map of Titan [#7003]
This abstract discusses our proposed new global geologic map of Titan, produced using NASA Cassini mission data.

Wolak Luna J.

High-Resolution Geologic Mapping of a Terraced Fan in Aeolis Mensae, Mars [#7031]
This presentation summarizes mapping progress on a high-resolution SIM (1:18k) of a terraced fan in the Aeolis Mensae region of Mars.

Wright J.   Balme M. R.   Davis J. M.   Fawdon P.   Rothery D. A.

Geologic Mapping of Mawrth Vallis, Mars [#7041]
We are mapping MV adjacent to the deselected ExoMars landing ellipse and making a smaller-scale map of geomorphic features along the whole channel. The aim is to illucidate the relationship between MV and the associated clay-bearing deposits.

Yingst R. A.   Berman D. C.   Garry W. B.   Mest S. C.   Williams D. A.   Gregg T. K. P.

Mapping Vesta Using a Hybrid Method for Incorporating spectroscopic and Morphologic Data [#7058]
Our goal is to explore best practices for geologic mapping with multiple, disparate datasets, under the challenges presented by an airless, rocky body with complex topography.