INVESTIGATING THE PRESENCE OF GROUND ICE ON MARS
Work during my 2015-2016 NASA Space Grant Internship focused on the correlation between yardangs Medusae Fossae Formation (MFF) and the presence of volcanic rootless cones (VRC) in the Athabasca Valles Flood Lava (AVFL). Time was dedicated to the mosaic tiling of Mars imagery in arcGIS, identifying and outlining VRCs, and measuring yardangs. Our main goal was to continue to train an AI program to identify and highlight VRCs and other crater types on Mars. Our secondary objective was to determine why VRCs only occurred along the edges of the flow where it was in contact with yardangs in the MFF.