Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/288915
Title:
Modelling the cratering record of Venus
Author:
Dawson, Douglas Duane, 1969-
Issue Date:
1998
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The images of the surface of Venus returned by the Magellan spacecraft show a cratering record unlike any other in the solar system. Multiple models of the geologic history of Venus have been proposed to explain this cratering record, including the "equilibrium resurfacing" model and the "global resurfacing" model. I use a two-dimensional Monte Carlo simulation of crater emplacement and volcanic resurfacing to determine what sorts of cratering records would in fact be produced by these models. The equilibrium resurfacing model fails to produce a cratering record resembling the observations. The global resurfacing model requires the specification of post-global resurfacing event history before it can be simulated by this program, but following appropriate specification, it did reproduce the observed cratering record. The global resurfacing model is thereby found to be a more satisfactory model than the equilibrium model. The length of the tail end of the global resurfacing event is found to be of the order of 100 million years, subject to uncertainty in the impactor flux at Venus. The fraction of the planet resurfaced after the end of the global resurfacing event is found to be roughly 15-20%.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Geology.; Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Planetary Sciences
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Strom, Robert G.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleModelling the cratering record of Venusen_US
dc.creatorDawson, Douglas Duane, 1969-en_US
dc.contributor.authorDawson, Douglas Duane, 1969-en_US
dc.date.issued1998en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe images of the surface of Venus returned by the Magellan spacecraft show a cratering record unlike any other in the solar system. Multiple models of the geologic history of Venus have been proposed to explain this cratering record, including the "equilibrium resurfacing" model and the "global resurfacing" model. I use a two-dimensional Monte Carlo simulation of crater emplacement and volcanic resurfacing to determine what sorts of cratering records would in fact be produced by these models. The equilibrium resurfacing model fails to produce a cratering record resembling the observations. The global resurfacing model requires the specification of post-global resurfacing event history before it can be simulated by this program, but following appropriate specification, it did reproduce the observed cratering record. The global resurfacing model is thereby found to be a more satisfactory model than the equilibrium model. The length of the tail end of the global resurfacing event is found to be of the order of 100 million years, subject to uncertainty in the impactor flux at Venus. The fraction of the planet resurfaced after the end of the global resurfacing event is found to be roughly 15-20%.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectGeology.en_US
dc.subjectPhysics, Astronomy and Astrophysics.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePlanetary Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorStrom, Robert G.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest9912086en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b39118277en_US
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