Implications of Depth Determination from Second Moving Average Residual Magnetic Anomalies on Mars

Friday, 19 December 2014
Khalid S. Essa, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt and Gunther Kletetschka, Charles University, Prague, 180, Czech Republic
Mars total magnetic data obtained by Mars Global Surveyor mission from 400 km altitude were processed using a second moving average method (SMAM) to estimate the depth of the buried sources. Five profiles were chosen across major magnetic areas. Each profile was subjected to a separation technique using the SMAM. Second moving average residual anomalies (SMARA) were obtained from magnetic data using filters of successive spacing. The depth estimate is monitored by the standard deviation of the depths determined from all SMARA for various value of the shape factor (SF) that includes dike, cylinder, and sphere. The standard deviation along with depth estimate is considered to be a new criterion for determining the correct depth and shape of the buried structures on Mars.