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Potential Bedforms on Venus: Wind Tunnel SimulationsWind tunnel studies involving mixtures of particle sizes (bimodal and multimodal distributions) indicate the microdunes and related ridge- and wave-like structures can occur over a wider range of conditions. The results indicate that the bedforms develop as a consequence of the effective sorting capability of the high-density Venusian atmosphere. Four mixtures of different particle-size distributions were investigated. The results of these experiments suggest that: (1) small-scale bedforms on Venus may be more common than previously anticipated from simulations involving only unimodal sands; (2) small particles are rapidly sorted on Venus if winds slightly above threshold are available; (3) coarse particles are transported in traction within the bedforms as well as rolled by saltating fines, suggesting that the capacity of wind on Venus to transport material is greater than anticipated from previous flux studies and (4) microdunes and related ridges and waves with coarse and fine layers can be produced during sorting.
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Legacy CDMS
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Bougan, S. J.
(Arizona State Univ. Tempe, AZ, United States)
Marshall, J. R.
(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
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Washington Repts. of Planetary Geol. and Geophys. Program
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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