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Extraterrestrial dunes: An introduction to the special issue on planetary dune systems

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Author:
Fenton, Lori K.  Search this
Bourke, Mary C.  Search this
Zimbelman, James R.  Search this
Lancaster, Nick  Search this
Radebaugh, Jani  Search this
Parteli, Eric J. R.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2010
Abstract:
Aeolian dune fields have been described on Earth, Mars, Venus and Titan. The plethora of data returned from recent planetary missions has enabled a new era in planetary geomorphic studies. Much of our understanding of planetary dune systems comes from the application of Earth analogs, wind tunnel experiments and modelling studies. Despite the range of atmospheric pressures, composition and gravity, many of the dune forms on extraterrestrial surfaces are similar to those on Earth, although some have notable differences in bedform scale and composition. As an introduction to the special issue on planetary dune systems this paper summarizes the current state of knowledge of planetary dune studies and highlights outstanding questions that require further investigation.
Doi:
10.1016/j.geomorph.2010.04.007
Citation:
Bourke, Mary C., Lancaster, Nick, Fenton, Lori K., Parteli, Eric J. R., Zimbelman, James R. and Radebaugh, Jani. 2010. Extraterrestrial dunes: An introduction to the special issue on planetary dune systems. <i>Geomorphology<i>, 121(1-2): 1-14. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2010.04.007
Topic:
Flight  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Space sciences  Search this
Flight  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_89540