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Preliminary road alinement through the Great Kavir in Iran by repetitive ERTS-1 coverageAccess to the Great Kavir is generally limited to the period August through October when some salt crusts will support limited vehicular movement. The condition of the salt crusts and their parent sediments during the long wet season have been unknown. This absence of information about the surface of the Great Kavir has prevented an intensive study of a possible road alinement which could shorten the present route between northern and central Iran by 760 km. False color diazo composites of bands 4, 5, and 7 were prepared from positives of ERTS-1 MSS images taken of the Great Kavir. These scenes presented a record of the seasonal hydrologic changes that occurred from the dry to the wet season. During the period of maximum inundation and lowest bearing strengths, as inferred from the image of May 12, 1973, it was possible to select a preliminary road alinement that would avoid the wettest or roughest areas and take advantage of the best terrain and shortest distance. The eventual road alinement should be based on a longer record of observation and on-site investigations.
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Legacy CDMS
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Conference Paper
Krinsley, D. B.
(Geological Survey Reston, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1974
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Publication: NASA. Goddard Space Flight Center 3d ERTS-1 Symp., Vol. 1, Sect. A
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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