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High Resolution Laser Scanning Techniques for Rock Abrasion and Texture Analyses on Mars and EarthAeolian abrasion is operative in many arid locations on Earth and is probably the dominant rock erosion process in the current Martian environment. Therefore, understanding the controlling parameters and rates of aeolian abrasion provides 1) insight into the stability of rocks on planetary surfaces and the environments under which the rocks abrade, and 2) a link between ventifact (a rock abraded by windblown particles) morphology and: a) abrasion conditions, b) possible ancient environments under which the rocks were abraded, and c) rock properties. promising and we plan further investigations in the wind tunnel and field. Our intent here is to discuss the basic technique, initial results, and upcoming plans.
Document ID
20040065953
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Bridges, N. T. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Wrightwood, CA, United States)
Razdan, A. (Arizona State Univ. Tempe, AZ, United States)
Greeley, R. (California State Univ. Northridge, CA, United States)
Laity, J. E. (Arizona State Univ. Tempe, AZ, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2004
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXV: The Future of Mars Surface Exploration
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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