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A Comparison of Terrestrial Saltation Flux in the Laboratory and the FieldAeolian transport of surficial material is an important part of the terrestrial geologic cycle. In many areas of geological interest, sand is not transported by the wind at the rate predicted by studies made in idealized conditions. Furthermore, calculated surface-abrasion rates based on laboratory saltation fluxes are often unrealistically high. This work is an attempt to quantify and discuss discrepancies between saltation rates under ideal conditions and in the field under natural conditions. The saltation-flux data persented by Sharp (1) will be used as the field data. Sharp measured saltation flux during four periods in the early 1950's in the Whitewater River drainage. Meteorological conditions at the experiment site were extrapolated from the airport records and from wind speeds measured simultaneously by Hunter. Wind speeds above threshold were sorted into 4-MPH bins and the frequency of observation over each experimental period was calculated. A saltation flux for each bin was calculated and summed to yield a predicted saltation rate for that period. When the predicted fluxes were compared with those measured by Sharp, large discrepancies were found.
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Legacy CDMS
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Williams, S. H.
(Arizona State Univ. Tempe, AZ, United States)
Greeley, R.
(Arizona State Univ. Tempe, AZ, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1985
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Publication: NASA, Washington Repts. of Planetary Geol. and Geophys. Program
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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