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  Performances of Ground Penetrating Radars in arid volcanic regions: Consequences for Mars subsurface exploration

Type de publication:

Journal Article

Source:

Geophysical Research Letters, Volume 28, p.911-914 (2001)

URL:

http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2001GeoRL..28..911P

Mots-clés:

Etudes spatiales et planétaires ; Planetary mineralogy and petrology; Magnetic and electrical properties; Surface materials and properties; Mars, UMR 7096

Résumé:

A GPR field experiment in the Republic of Djibouti provides evidence for very low radar penetration in arid volcanic materials, in the range 100-500 MHz. This phenomenon is attributed to the high iron oxide and evaporite concentration in soils, which significantly increases the conductivity, thus leading to poor subsurface imaging performances. The geologic context in Djibouti is shown to provide a good terrestrial analogue to Mars geology. Results of this study show that the future sounding radar missions to Mars may not reach the penetration depths previously anticipated.

Notes:

DOI: 10.1029/1999GL008449