An altitude-normalized magnetic map of Mars and its interpretation

M. Purucker, D. Ravat, H. Prey, G. Voorhies, T. Sabaka, M. Acuña

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Techniques developed for the reduction and analysis of terrestrial satellite magnetic field data are used to better understand the magnetic field observations made by Mars Global Surveyor. A global distribution of radial (Br) magnetic field observations and associated uncertainties is inverted for an equivalent source magnetization distribution and then used to generate an altitude- normalized map of Br at 200 km. The observations are well-represented by a potential function of crustal origin, consistent with a remanent origin for the Martian magnetic features. The correlation between the 40546 Br observations and Br calculated from the magnetization solution at observation locations is 0.978. For a magnetization distribution confined to a 50 km layer, calculated magnetizations range from -22 to +17 A/m. We see correlations with tectonics that were only hinted at in earlier maps. Magnetic features appear to be truncated against Valles Marineris and Ganges Chasma, suggestive of a major change in crustal properties associated with faulting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2449-2452
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 15 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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