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Microscopy analysis of soils at the Phoenix landing site, Mars: Classification of soil particles and description of their optical and magnetic properties

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The optical microscope onboard the Phoenix spacecraft has returned color images (4 μm pixel-1) of soils that were delivered to and held on various substrates. A preliminary taxonomy of Phoenix soil particles, based on color, size, and shape, identifies the following particle types [generic names in brackets]: (1) reddish fines, mostly unresolved, that are spectrally similar to (though slightly darker than) global airborne dust [red fines], (2) silt- to sand-sized brownish grains [brown sand],...

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10.1029/2009JE003437

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JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-PLANETS More from this journal
Volume:
115
Issue:
8
Publication date:
2010-08-04
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EISSN:
2169-9100
ISSN:
2169-9097
Language:
English
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pubs:196008
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uuid:1b6271c9-09e2-43ae-9a1a-19ae318c1eef
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196008
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2012-12-19

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