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Refinements and developments on the stratospheric dust database and classification scheme

By I.D.R. Mackinnon and D.S. McKay


Greater than 750 individual particles have now been selected from collection flags housed in the JSC Cosmic Dust Curatorial Facility and most have been documented in the Cosmic Dust Catalogs [1]. As increasing numbers of particles are placed in Cosmic Dust Collections, and a greater diversity of particles are introduced to the stratosphere through natural and man-made processes (e.g. decaying orbits of space debris [2]), there is an even greater need for a classification scheme to encompass all stratospheric particles rather than only extraterrestrial particles. The fundamental requirements for a suitable classification scheme have been outlined in earlier communications [3,4]. A quantitative survey of particles on collection flag W7017 indicates that there is some bias in the number of samples selected within a given category for the Cosmic Dust Catalog [5]. However, the sample diversity within this selection is still appropriate for the development of a reliable classification scheme. In this paper, we extend the earlier works on stratospheric particle classification to include particles collected during the period May 1981 to November 1983

Topics: 040100 ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES, 040302 Extraterrestrial Geology, stratospheric dust classification, cosmic dust collection, particle morphology, bulk chemistry, bimodal distribution
Publisher: Lunar and Planetary Institute
Year: 1986
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