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The Effects of Chemical Weathering on Thermal-Infrared Spectral Data and Models: Implications for Aqueous Processes on the Martian Surface

Abstract Chemical and mineralogical data from Mars shows that the surface has been chemically weathered on local to regional scales. Chemical trends and the types of chemical weathering products present on the surface and their abundances can elucidate information about past aqueous processes. Thermal-infrared (TIR) data and their respective models are essential for interpreting Martian mineralogy and geologic history. However, previous studies have shown that chemical weathering and the precipitation of fine-grained secondary silicates can adversely affect the accuracy of TIR spectral models. Furthermore, spectral libraries used to identify minerals on the Martian surface lack some important weathering products, including poorly-crystalline alumino... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Rampe, Elizabeth Barger (Author) / Sharp, Thomas G (Advisor) / Christensen, Phillip (Committee member) / Hervig, Richard (Committee member) / Shock, Everett (Committee member) / Williams, Lynda (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Geology / Remote Sensing / Geochemistry / allophane / Chemical Weathering / Mars / Thermal-infrared spectroscopy
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 218 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Geological Sciences 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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