Environmental Change and the Aeolian Evolution of Landscape: The Dominant Process on Mars Today,

Mark Bishop

University of South Australia

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Abstract: This presentation examines the influence of water in shaping the surface of Mars, and also considers the role of comparative planetology in validating theories of geomorphology.  Planetologists are often inspired and excited by the exploration of other worlds, but we forget that our knowledge of the earth is limited, and that many of the theories and hypotheses about the earth have not yet been confirmed.  Looking at a planet such as Mars helps us understand the processes that have occurred in the development of topography, geomorphology and internal structures of earth systems and those of other planets.  Comparative planetology therefore assists in verifying or discrediting terrestrial hypotheses.

PROFILE: Dr Mark Bishop is Senior Lecturer at the Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, School of Natural and Built Environments at the University of South Australia. He has Bachelor and Masters degrees in science from the University of Melbourne, and a Phd from the University of Adelaide. His teaching interests include geomorphology and geodiversity, spatial data analysis of landforms and digital remote sensing and 3-D visualisation of landscape. Current research interests include 3-D landscape modelling of monogenetic volcanic fields using ASTER-satellite data, spatial analysis of monogenetic volcanic fields and granulometric methods and analysis of sediments on Earth and Mars. Mark is a member of the International Association of Geomorphology (IAG), the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCE), the British Geomorphical Research Group (BGRG), the Australian and New Zealand Geomorphology Group (ANZGG), Geological Society of Australia (GSA) – Volcanology Specialist Group, Australia Quaternary Association, (AQUA), and the Spatial Sciences Institute ( SSI – Australia).