Dynamics of unusual debris flows on Martian sand dunes

Hideaki Miyamoto, James M. Dohm, Victor R. Baker, Ross A. Beyer, Mary Bourke

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Gullies that dissect sand dunes in Russell impact crater often display debris flow-like deposits in their distal reaches. The possible range of both the rheological properties and the flow rates are estimated using a numerical simulation code of a Bingham plastic flow to help explain the formation of these features. Our simulated results are best explained by a rapid debris flow. For example, a debris flow with the viscosity of 102 Pa s and the yield strength of 102 Pa can form the observed deposits with a flow rate of 0.5 m3/s sustained over several minutes and total discharged water volume on the order of hundreds of cubic meters, which may be produced by melting a surface layer of interstitial ice within the dune deposits to several centimeters depth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L13701 1-4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 16 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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