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Devon Burr's Research

Inverted Fluvial Deposits

Evidence that Mars experienced a clement climate able to support flowing water is preserved in inverted fluvial deposits.  These sediments were laid down by rivers but because of erosion of the landscape in which they formed, are now higher than their surroundings.   Often these deposits are exhumed from beneath substantial overburden.  The large population of inverted fluvial features is the Aeolis Dorsa, in the western Medusae Fossae Formation.  This work investigating those features will contribute to understanding fluvial and sedimentological processes on Mars.

Related Publications

  • Jacobsen PD, R.E. and D. M. Burr (2018), Errors in Martian paleodischarges skew interpretations of hydrologic history: Case Study of the Aeolis Dorsa, Mars, with insights from the Quinn River, NV. Icarus, 302,407-417, 10.1016/j.icarus.2017.11.014 .
  • Konsoer, K. M., J. LeRoy, D. M. Burr, G. Parker, R. E. JacobsenPD, and D. Turmel (2018) Channel slope adjustment in reduced-gravity environments and implications for Martian channels. Geology, 46(2), 183–186, 10.1130/G39666.1.
  • Jacobsen PD, R.E. and D. M. Burr (2017), Dichotomies in the fluvial and alluvial fan deposits of the Aeolis Dorsa, Mars: Implications for weathered sediment and paleoclimate, Geosphere, v. 13 (6), 2154-2168,
  • Jacobsen GS, R.E and D. M. Burr (2016), Greater contrast in Martian hydrological history from more accurate estimates of paleodischarge, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 10.1002/2016GL070535
  • Burr, D. M., A. D. Howard (2015) Introduction to the special issue: Planetary geomorphology.  Geomorphology., 240, 1-7.
  • Lefort, A., D. M. Burr, F. Nimmo and R. E. Jacobsen* (2015) Channel slope reversal near the Martian dichotomy boundary: testing tectonic hypotheses.  Geomorphology, 240, 121-136.
  • Matsubara,Y., A. D. Howard, D. M. Burr, R. M. E. Williams, W. E. Dietrich, J. M. Moore (2015) River meandering on Earth and Mars: A comparative study of Aeolis Dorsa meanders, Mars and possible terrestrial analogs of the Usuktuk River, AK, and the Quinn River, NV.  Geomorphology, 240, 102-120.
  • MorganGS, A. M., Howard, A. D., Hobley, D. E. J., Moore, J. M., Dietrich, W. E., Williams, R. M. E., Burr, D. M., Grant, J. A., Wilson*, S. A., Matsubara*, Y. (2014) Sedimentology and climatic environment of alluvial fans in the martian Saheki crater and a comparison with terrestrial fans in the Atacama Desert.  Icarus 229, 131-156, 10.1016/j.icarus.2013.11.007. 
  • Williams, R. M. E., R. P. Irwin, D. M. Burr, T. Harrison, P. McClelland (2013) Variability in martian sinuous ridge form: Case study of Aeolis Serpens in the Aeolis Dorsa, Mars, and insight from the Mirackina paleoriver, South Australia.  Icarus 225, 308-324, 10.1016/j.icarus.2013.03.016.
  • Lefort, A.PD, D.M. Burr, R.A. Beyer, and A.D. Howard (2012) Inverted fluvial features in the Aeolis–Zephyria Plana, Western Medusae Fossae Formation, Mars: evidence for post-formation modification.  J. Geophys. Res.-Planets, 117, E03007, doi:10.1029/2011JE004008.
  • Burr, D. M., R. M. E. Williams, K. D. Wendell*, M. Chojnacki*, and J. P. Emery (2010) Inverted fluvial features in the Aeolis/Zephyria Plana region, Mars: Formation mechanism and initial paleodischarge estimates, J. Geophys. Res., 115, E07011, 10.1029/2009JE003496.
  • Burr, D.M., M-T. Enga*, R.M.E. Williams, J.R. Zimbelman, A.D. Howard, T.A. Brennand (2009) Pervasive aqueous paleoflow features near the equator, MarsIcarus, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2008.10.014.
* demotes student author

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