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Vast Deserts on Mars

Julia Kahmann-Robinson PhD and Marjorie Chan PhD, University of Utah Department of Geology & Geophysics
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Summary

Using a Sandbox experiment and Google Earth students will study the formation of dunes and relate their observations to Mars imagery of dune fields.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

Context for Use

This learning module is meant for adaptation in an introductory earth science course and/or planetary science course.  The In-Class Activities can be easily adapted for homework when desired.

Description and Teaching Materials

In-Class Activity

Homework/Lab

Teaching Notes and Tips

Assessment

  Methods of assessment are within each individual In-Class Activity and Homework.

References and Resources

  1. Image file: Vast Deserts on Mars (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 7.8MB Oct31 12)
  2. Antarctica Ventifacts (image to the right)
  3. Sand Box Dune Video (Quicktime MP4 Video 28MB Mar11 14)
  4. Grotzinger, J.P. et al., 2005. Stratigraphy and sedimentology of a dry to wet eolian depositional system, Burns formation, Meridiani Planum, Mars. Earth & Planetary Science Letters, v. 240, p.11-72.
  5. Burns Formation PanCam Sol 288 Image Source