Four decades of understanding Martian geomorphology: Revisiting Baker’s ‘The geomorphology of Mars’

Anshuman Bhardwaj* (Corresponding Author), Lydia Sam, Saeideh Gharehchahi

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Our understanding of the Martian atmosphere, terrain and subsurface has continuously evolved over the past couple of decades as a result of a number of successful orbiter and rover missions. This prompts a need to revisit the first holistic review of Martian geomorphology, based on images from the Viking orbiters, by Victor R. Baker in 1981. Several of the interpretations and recommendations based on remote sensing in Baker’s paper are as valid today as they were four decades ago. With an unprecedented focus on Mars exploration in the coming decades, it is important to revisit the advances and prospects in Martian geomorphology research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)979-989
Number of pages11
JournalProgress in Physical Geography
Issue number6
Early online date29 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

The authors acknowledge encouragement, helpful suggestions and support from David R. Butler.
The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.


  • mars
  • geomorphology
  • viking programme
  • planetary exploration
  • remote sensing


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