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 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?

Topic II. What is the age of the polar caps and have they they changed significantly with time?

Topic III. Were there ever large-scale standing bodies of water on Mars (lakes, seas, oceans)?

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: