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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Soil sedimentology at Gusev Crater from Columbia Memorial Station to Winter Haven
Authors: Cabrol, Nathalie A
Herkenhoff, Kenneth E
Greeley, Ronald
Grin, Edmond A
Schröder, Christian
d'Uston, Claude
Weitz, Catherine
Yingst, R Aileen
Cohen, Barbara A
Moore, Jeffrey
Knudson, Amy T
Franklin, Brenda
Anderson, Robert C
Li, Ron
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Keywords: Mars
microscopic imager
Issue Date: Jun-2008
Publisher: American Geophysical Union
Citation: Cabrol NA, Herkenhoff KE, Greeley R, Grin EA, Schröder C, d'Uston C, Weitz C, Yingst RA, Cohen BA, Moore J, Knudson AT, Franklin B, Anderson RC & Li R (2008) Soil sedimentology at Gusev Crater from Columbia Memorial Station to Winter Haven, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 113 (E6), Art. No.: E06S05.
Abstract: A total of 3140 individual particles were examined in 31 soils along Spirit’s traverse. Their size, shape, and texture were quantified and classified. They represent a unique record of 3 years of sedimentologic exploration from landing to sol 1085 covering the Plains Unit to Winter Haven where Spirit spent the Martian winter of 2006. Samples in the Plains Unit and Columbia Hills appear as reflecting contrasting textural domains. One is heterogeneous, with a continuum of angular-to-round particles of fine sand to pebble sizes that are generally dust covered and locally cemented in place. The second shows the effect of a dominant and ongoing dynamic aeolian process that redistributes a uniform population of medium-size sand. The texture of particles observed in the samples at Gusev Crater results from volcanic, aeolian, impact, and water-related processes.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: Copyright 2008 by the American Geophysical Union. AGU allows authors to deposit their journal articles if the version is the final published citable version of record, the AGU copyright statement is clearly visible on the posting, and the posting is made 6 months after official publication by the AGU.
Affiliation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
U.S. Geological Survey
Arizona State University
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Biological and Environmental Sciences
Centre d’Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements (CESR)
Planetary Science Institute
Planetary Science Institute
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Arizona State University
California Institute of Technology
California Institute of Technology
Ohio State University

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