What is it about?
We show that large, mature faults that underlay mountain systems on Mars generate enough heat to melt subsurface ice during slip events. That melted ice could be released during flash floods, generating rocky channels with morphologies unique to flood events.
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Why is it important?
The search for active water flow on Mars is a challenge. Our work implies that active fault systems (which we know exist due to InSight lander data) may be heat sources that allow for such active water flow.
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This page is a summary of: Flash flooding on Mars could be linked to large fault slip events, The Leading Edge, October 2022, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, DOI: 10.1190/tle41100709.1.
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