CRACKS IN INFLATION FEATURES OF THE MCCARTYS LAVA FLOW, ZUNI-BANDERA VOLCANIC FIELD, NEW MEXICO, AND POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS TO THE ELYSIUM VOLCANIC PROVINCE, MARS
Field observations of cracks suggests a dominance of a particular category for specific topographic features of the flow. Plateau edges and monoclines are dominated by type 1 cracks, specifically horizontal fractures resembling hinges, while depressions exhibit type 2 cracks that are concentric. Numerous transects of the area were taken using a differential GPS unit linked to field measurements of crack widths and depths. Early interpretations of the data suggest the current categorization of cracks is acceptable and possible relationships between crack depths and widths and their locations on the flow. Depending on the success of this interpretation, application to suspected inflation features within the Elysium Volcanic Province of Mars is desired.