Glossary of Terms
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- A measure of the reflectivity of light from the surface of Mars. A completely non-reflective (black) surface has an albedo of 0, while a highly-reflective (bright white) surface has an albedo of 1.
- Dune that is crescent-shaped in plan view with 1 slipface. Barchans result from winds having a single dominant direction in areas with sparse sand supply. They can be gradational with barchanoid and transverse dunes, which form when more sand is available. (McKee, 1979).
- Dune form that consists of connected crescents in plan view with 1 slipface. Barchanoid ridges result from winds having a single dominant direction in areas where sand is more abundant and barchans coalesce. They can be gradational with barchans, which form when sand supply is sparse and transverse dunes, which form when sand supply is most abundant (McKee, 1979).
- When the sun is closest to the equator. Spring equinox - Ls 0°, Autumn equinox - Ls 180°. See also Solstice.
- False Color
- Color used to denote a scale (or range) of values at a point.
- Infrared light, long wavelength.
- Solar longitude, a measure of where Mars is in its year. Mars, much like Earth, has four seasons. They can be broken into the following groups: 00° to 89° - Spring 90° to 179° - Summer 180° to 269° - Autumn 270° to 359° - Winter.
- When the sun is furthest from the equator. Summer solstice - Ls 90°, Winter solstice - Ls 270°. See also Equinox.
- Transverse Dune
- Essentially parallel, straight, asymmetrical ridges with 1 slipface (McKee, 1979). Transverse dunes result from winds having a single dominant direction, oriented with their axes ar right angles to wind direction. They are gradational with barchans and barchanoid dunes.
- Visible light, what you and I can see.