View Full Version : Mars - or Arizona?

2002-Jul-15, 11:39 PM
In what way would Martian soil differ from terrestrial soils?
I'm curious as to the difference, given that Mars has an atmosphere and Martian rocks or soils would differ substantially from lunar regolith.

2002-Jul-16, 07:14 AM
I think I can sort of answer this...
Mars has less mousture in the air then arizona.. So Arizona forms cracks in the soil from water drying up.. But since Mars has no lakes or moisture(accept for polar icecaps) You don't see these cracks or anything.. ITs just dry sand and dust It'd guess.
It differs from lunar soil because there is more gravity which packs the particals closer together.. so on Mars you have much harder rocks.

A guess.. don't counts your life on what I said.

2002-Jul-16, 07:57 AM
Try these sites: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/snc/


There are lots of links from those sites as well.

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2002-Jul-16, 09:44 AM
Thanks very much. I shall peruse.