Barchan dunes on Pluto?

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Autorinnen und Autoren: Ribeiro Parteli EJ, Pöschel T
Zeitschrift: EPJ Web of Conferences
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2017
Band: 140
ISSN: 2100-014X
Sprache: Englisch


We show that the orientation and morphology of bedforms occurring on top of Pluto’s smooth ice coats are consistent with an aeolian origin under conditions of unidirectional flow. From scaling relations for dune size as a function of attributes of atmosphere and sediments, we find that the average diameter of the granular particles constituting such bedforms — assuming an aeolian origin — lies within the range 600 μm< d < 750 μm. Our findings show that, owing to the effect of hysteresis in the minimal threshold wind velocity for saltation, dune migration on Pluto can occur under wind speeds that are common to Earth and Mars.


FAU-Autorinnen und Autoren / FAU-Herausgeberinnen und Herausgeber

Pöschel, Thorsten Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Multiscale Simulation of Particulate Systems
Ribeiro Parteli, Eric Josef Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Multiscale Simulation of Particulate Systems


Ribeiro Parteli, E.J., & Pöschel, T. (2017). Barchan dunes on Pluto? EPJ Web of Conferences, 140.

Ribeiro Parteli, Eric Josef, and Thorsten Pöschel. "Barchan dunes on Pluto?" EPJ Web of Conferences 140 (2017).


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