(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Aeolian processes on the terrestrial planets : Recent observations and future focus

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Smithsonian Institution, ETATS-UNIS


This progress report presents an overview of the latest planetary geomorphic studies characterizing aeolian processes on extraterrestrial surfaces. The understanding of aeolian processes on other planetary surfaces comes largely from Earth analog studies, along with wind tunnel experiments and theoretical modeling. However, an important difference is that unlike terrestrial dunes most dunes on Venus and Mars are composed primarily of basaltic particles. Additional research is needed to understand how basaltic particles weather both physically and chemically so that it will be possible to apply traditional sedimentological concepts, such as sediment maturity, to understanding aeolian processes on Venus and Mars. Here, 3 areas where Earth analogs are extremely relevant are discussed, including studies of basaltic dune fields, laboratory analyses, and the formation of linear dunes


Article of periodic

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 36, no1 [pp. 110-124]

Bibliographic references : 5 p.

Collation : 4 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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