Heat flow map of Mars

Heat flow map of Mars
Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

Heat flow map of Mars

The heat flow map was pro­duced us­ing nu­mer­i­cal sim­u­la­tions for ther­mal de­vel­op­ment on Mars. It shows the pos­si­ble dis­tri­bu­tion of sur­face heat flow, cor­re­lat­ed with the to­pog­ra­phy of Mars (us­ing da­ta ob­tained by the Mars Or­biter Laser Al­time­ter MO­LA).

The heat flow map was produced using numerical simulations for thermal development on Mars. It shows the possible distribution of surface heat flow, correlated with the topography of Mars (using data obtained by the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter MOLA).

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