Brief note for consideration of active seismic exploration on Mars.

B. R. Tittmann

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Considerable controversy has arisen regarding the existence of water and water ice below the surface of Mars. Results of laboratory internal friction measurements on strongly outgassed rocks, recently made as part of an effort to interpret the high seismic Q values observed in the lunar crust, show that moisture absorbed in pores and cracks causes the low Q values. Unfortunately, the Viking seismology investigation found a surprisingly inactive planet. This note makes the case for active seismic exploration in order to ascertain the existence of liquid water in the crust from Q determinations. -Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7940-7942
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberB14
StatePublished - 1979

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology


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