We used the FLOWGO thermorheological model to examine the effects of Martian gravitational and environmental conditions on the cooling-limited behavior of lava flowing in a channel. The largest effect is due to the lower gravity on Mars as compared to Earth, which causes lava to flow more slowly. The lower velocity means that heat loss per distance down a Mars channel is greater even though the lower velocity also produces a higher percentage cover of insulating crust. Gravity alone causes the Mars flow t…
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