Fractal analysis of the mesas within Deuteronilus Mensae region of Mars


  • Rosen Iliev Institute for Space Research and Technology
  • Boyko Ranguelov University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski”, Sofia


Mars, Deuteronilus\, Plateaus, Mesas, Fractal Analysis, Morphostructures


Deuteronilus Mensae (43.9°N; 337.4°W) is region within the Ismenius Lacus quadrangle, located within the northern hemisphere of Mars. The area is very rich in erosion landforms:  flat-top plateaus and butes. The present research investigates the fractal structure of the plateaus (mesas or mensae) within the area. For this purpose using number/area approach a fractal analysis of 90 of these morphostructures was performed. The obtained fractal dimension (FD) of -1.25 is an indicator that the natural processes that created and shaped the topography within this Martian region have the same self-organized and nonlinear nature like those on planet Earth.


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Author Biographies

Rosen Iliev, Institute for Space Research and Technology

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria

Boyko Ranguelov, University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski”, Sofia

Department of Applied Geophysics, Bulgaria


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How to Cite

Rosen Iliev, & Boyko Ranguelov. (2020). Fractal analysis of the mesas within Deuteronilus Mensae region of Mars. To Physics Journal, 5, 68-71. Retrieved from



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