Floods of water and lava in the Columbia River Basin: Analogs for Mars

Laszlo P. Keszthelyi, Victor Baker, Windy L. Jaeger, David R. Gaylord, Bruce N. Bjornstad, Noam Greenbaum, Stephen Self, Thorvaldur Thordarson, Naomi Porat, Marek G Zreda

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The Columbia River Basin (CRB) is home to the best studied examples of two of the most spectacular geologic processes on Earth and Mars: flood volcanism and catastrophic water floods. Additionally, features formed by a variety of eolian, glacial, tectonic, and mass-wasting processes can also be seen in the CRB. These terrains provide exceptional terrestrial analogs for the study of similar processes on Mars. This field guide describes four one-day trips out of Moses Lake, Washington, to observe a wide variety of Mars analogs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGSA Field Guides
PublisherGeological Society of America
Number of pages30
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

Publication series

NameGSA Field Guides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Geology
  • Palaeontology
  • Stratigraphy

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