Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

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Reticulate Ridges

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_314


Meter-scale, polygonally textured bedforms on Mars mantling underlying topography.


A proposed type of  aeolian dust deposit; a type of  bedform on Mars, a type of  ripple texture.


Reticulate bedform; Reticulate texture


End-member textures formed by reticulate ridges are honeycomb, linear, and accordion textures.
  1. (1)

    Honeycomb texture: fine polygonal texture, composed of interlocking, azimuthally symmetric sets of ridges (Fig. 1). Honeycomb texture is common within depressions (calderas, craters) and in valleys. They resemble intra-crater network dunes analogous to the terrestrial pattern of coalesced star dunes, which is formed from multiple wind regimes.

    Their wavelength is <few meters but may produce second-order sets of 15–20 m spacing and third-order sets of 50–200 m spacing. Fine-scale honeycomb texture may overlie network dunes, forming similar but smaller-scale patterns.

  2. (2)

    Linear reticulate ridges: dominant curvilinear ridge...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA Ames Research Center/NPPMoffett FieldUSA