Geological Sciences 287: The Geological Evolution of Mars
Academic Year 1998-1999, Semester II
N Hour (3:00-5:20 PM Wednesdays, and other arranged times)
Lincoln Field 209
CLASS SCHEDULE AND ASSIGNMENTS
Class 1 (Wednesday, January 27th): Introduction and discussion of problems.
Topic I. Can a one-plume convection model account for the observed
tectonic history of Tharsis?
Class 2 (Wednesday, February 3rd): Overview of Tharsis stress and
tectonics: Emily Stewart and Jason Dahl
Class 3 (Wednesday, February 10th): Styles and history of Tharsis
tectonics. Karen Jager and Kate Fishbaugh
Class 4 (Friday, February 19th): One-plume convection models for
Tharsis. Carolyn van der Bogert and Nicole Spaun
Topic II. What is the age of the polar caps and have they they changed
significantly with time?
Class 5 (Friday, February 26th): Overview of North and South polar
caps and related deposits. Jason Dahl and Chris Cooper
Class 6 (Wednesday, March 3rd): Ages of the polar caps and the
origin(s) of their related features. Sarah Noble and Karen Jager
Class 7 (Wednesday, March 10th): Role of the polar caps in the
volatile budget of Mars. Chris Cooper and Jennifer Anderson
Topic III. Were there ever large-scale standing bodies of water on Mars
(lakes, seas, oceans)?
Class 8 (Wednesday, March 24th): Overview of hypotheses for
large-scale standing bodies of water. Carolyn van der Bogert, Sarah Noble,
and Louise Prockter
Class 9 (Wednesday, April 7th): Sources of water and constraints
from chronology. Jennifer Anderson and Emily Stewart
Class 10 (Wednesday, April 14th): Evolution of standing bodies of
water under martian conditions. Nicole Spaun and Kate Fishbaugh
Wednesday, April 21st: No class this week to prepare site selection
presentations and research papers.
Topic IV. Where should we land on Mars to address the questions raised
above and the possible presence of life?
Other events are as follows:
1. Term paper: Paper topics are due March 26th in the form of a one-page
proposal, and papers are due April 30th.
2. Abstracts for Site Selection Proposal: These should be distributed to
members of the class by the end of the day on Monday, April 26th, two days
before the presentations.