The isostatic state of Martian topography revisited Journal Article uri icon



  • We present a spatial analysis of free air gravity and topography for Mars using new, higher resolution gravity data and the latest digital elevation data, both represented by spherical harmonics up to degree and order 50 and, separately, for harmonic degrees 4–19. Interpreting the gravity vs gravity‐from‐topography scatter diagram in terms of isostatic compensation for small regions, we find that most of Mars older than Amazonian is fully compensated at shallow depths (< 50 km). Exceptions to this include the ancient Tempe Terra region and the central portion of the Isidis impact basin (a known mascon). Most Hesperian‐age and Amazonian‐age volcanic plains not located near Tharsis and Elysium volcanoes are also compensated isostatically at shallow depths, but Amazonian‐age plains near the young volcanic constructs, like Olympus Mons and the Tharsis and Elysium volcanoes themselves, are not. Both Olympus Mons and Alba have isostatic compensation depths >300 km.

publication date

  • April 1, 1996

has restriction

  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • April 18, 2014 4:45 AM

Full Author List

  • Frey HV; Bills BG; Nerem RS; Roark JH

author count

  • 4

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0094-8276

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1944-8007

Additional Document Info

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  • 721

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  • 724


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