Morphologic and structural mapping of the central uplift of Betiocrater, Thaumasia Planum, Mars

A. M. Nuhn, L. L. Tornabene, G. R. Osinski, A. S. McEwen

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The ~31.7-km-diameter Betio crater (23.15°S, 281.38°E), located within the Hesperian-aged Ridged Plains material in Thaumasia Planum, Mars, contains a wellpreserved asymmetrical central floor pit (~10.8 km NW-SE and ~8.8 km NE-SW in diameter) covering an area of ~67 km2 that exposes discrete megablocks of layered bedrock and preserves a variety of impact-generated deposits. High-resolution images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) are combined with other data sets to study and map the morphology and structure of the central floor pit. The excellent bedrock exposure of the floor pit enables the comparison of mapped structures with observations from terrestrial craters. Our mapping of the central uplift has revealed a variety of faults, folds (likely radial transpression ridges), and many breccia dikes, in addition to different types of impactites (e.g., breccias, impact melt deposits, and uplifted bedrock [i.e., parautochthonous bedrock]). Through structural mapping, we show that the central portion of the central uplift is characterized by smaller (~60- 300 m in diameter) blocks with high dips of ~45°-85°, and the outer sections of the floor pit have larger (>800 m in diameter) blocks with shallow dip angles of ~5°-15°. Our work shows that extensive brittle deformation and brecciation increase toward the center of the crater and particularly in the SW sector of the central pit. There is also an overall decrease in block size toward the center of the crater.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLarge Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution V
EditorsDavid A. Kring, Gordon R. Osinski
PublisherGeological Society of America
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780813725185
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameSpecial Paper of the Geological Society of America
ISSN (Print)0072-1077

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology


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