Galluzzi, Valentina (2015) Structural analysis of the Victoria quadrangle (H2) of Mercury based on NASA MESSENGER data. [Tesi di dottorato]


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Item Type: Tesi di dottorato
Lingua: English
Title: Structural analysis of the Victoria quadrangle (H2) of Mercury based on NASA MESSENGER data
Date: 31 March 2015
Number of Pages: 160
Institution: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Department: Scienze della Terra, dell'Ambiente e delle Risorse
Scuola di dottorato: Scienze della Terra
Dottorato: Scienze della Terra
Ciclo di dottorato: 27
Coordinatore del Corso di dottorato:
Ferranti, LuigiUNSPECIFIED
Palumbo, PasqualeUNSPECIFIED
Di Achille, GaetanoUNSPECIFIED
Date: 31 March 2015
Number of Pages: 160
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mercury; Planetary Geology; GIS; Geological Map
Settori scientifico-disciplinari del MIUR: Area 02 - Scienze fisiche > FIS/05 - Astronomia e astrofisica
Area 04 - Scienze della terra > GEO/03 - Geologia strutturale
Additional Information: Candidata per Label "Doctor Europeus"
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2015 11:52
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015 07:38
DOI: 10.6092/UNINA/FEDOA/10434


Objective of this thesis is the mapping and structural analysis of the H2 quadrangle, "Victoria", and a reconnaissance study of the geometry and kinematics of lobate scarps on Mercury. To this end, I produced a 1:3,000,000 geologic map of the area using the images provided by the NASA spacecraft MESSENGER, which has been orbiting the planet since March 2011. The structural analysis was supplemented by an innovative method to calculate fault slip data using craters cross-cut by lobate scarps. This method permits to fully constrain remotely-sensed fault kinematics, and it was applied on 16 craters found across 30% of Mercury covered by stereo-DTM data. Inversion of fault slip data gathered within the quadrangle thus allowed the estimation of the orientation of the stress field pertaining to the mapped lobate scarp systems.


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