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Wind-related processes detected by the Spirit rover at Gusev crater, Mars

January 1, 2004

Wind-abraded rocks, ripples, drifts, and other deposits of windblown sediments are seen at the Columbia Memorial Station where the Spirit rover landed. Orientations of these features suggest formative winds from the north-northwest, consistent with predictions from atmospheric models of afternoon winds in Gusev Crater. Cuttings from the rover Rock Abrasion Tool are asymmetrically distributed toward the south-southeast, suggesting active winds from the north-northwest at the time (midday) of the abrasion operations. Characteristics of some rocks, such as a two-toned appearance, suggest that they were possibly buried and exhumed on the order of 5 to 60 centimeters by wind deflation, depending on location.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2004
Title Wind-related processes detected by the Spirit rover at Gusev crater, Mars
DOI 10.1126/science.1100108
Authors R. Greeley, S. W. Squyres, R. E. Arvidson, P. Bartlett, J.F. Bell, D. Blaney, N.A. Cabrol, J. Farmer, B. Farrand, M.P. Golombek, S.P. Gorevan, J. A. Grant, A.F.C. Haldemann, Kenneth E. Herkenhoff, J. Johnson, G. Landis, M.B. Madsen, S.H. McLennan, J. Moersch, J. W. Rice, L. Richter, S. Ruff, R.J. Sullivan, S.D. Thompson, A. Wang, C.M. Weitz, P. Whelley
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Science
Index ID 70026751
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Astrogeology Science Center