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Lab #4. Cratering and the Martian Surface

Students learn about the history of the Martian surface, and then determine ages for regions scattered across the globe based on their own estimates of surface crater densities drawn from NASA high-resolution THEMIS images. Their results are linked to global trends based on volcanic and water evolutionary patterns found at various elevations and locations. We introduce the concept of logarithmic relationships and plots, and evaluate data utilizing the basic statistical measures introduced in our first laboratory exercise.