Water on Planet Mars: Follow the Flow

5–16 July 2010, Utrecht • Planet Mars has water ice near its surface, and dry rivers, deltas and gigantic canyons attest to past water flow on the surface. But how much water did flow on Mars? What was the past climate, and how long was the planet wet? Was there ever life on Mars and could we live there in the future?

This course focusses on Mars surface dynamics and landforms related to water. Topics include a general introduction to the other planet, comparison of terrestrial and martian fluvial systems with a variety of landforms including impact craters, drainage patterns, rivers, deltas and canyons. Techniques employed in the course include image analysis, quantitative data analysis, laboratory experiments and physics-based modelling.

The course aims at 2nd or 3rd year BSc students in Physical Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Civil Engineering or in any other
natural science that are interested in learning about the surface of planet Mars and its hydrological past. This course requires a basic (secondary-school) training in physics and mathematics.

Location: Utrecht (NL)


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