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Assessing Martian Bedrock Mineralogy Through "Windows" in the Dust Using Near- and Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing


Abstract Much of Mars' surface is mantled by bright dust, which masks the spectral features used to interpret the mineralogy of the underlying bedrock. Despite the wealth of near-infrared (NIR) and thermal infrared data returned from orbiting spacecraft in recent decades, the detailed bedrock composition of approximately half of the martian surface remains relatively unknown due to dust cover. To address this issue, and to help gain a better understanding of the bedrock mineralogy in dusty regions, data from the Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) Dust Cover Index (DCI) and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Mars Color Imager (MARCI) were used to identify 63 small localized areas within the classical bright dusty regions of Arabia Terra, Elysium ... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Lai, Jason Chi-Shun (Author) / Bell, James (Advisor) / Christensen, Philip (Committee member) / Hervig, Richard (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Geology / geology / infrared / mars / planetary / remote sensing
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 143 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Geological Sciences 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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