среда, 19 сентября 2018 г.

Studying Sediments in Space

An International

Space Station
investigation called BCAT-CS studies dynamic forces between

sediment particles that cluster together.


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For the study, scientists sent mixtures of quartz and clay particles to the space

station and subjected them to various levels of simulated gravity.


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Conducting the experiment in microgravity makes it possible to separate out different forces that act on sediments and look at the function of

each.


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Sediment systems of quartz and clay occur many places on Earth, including rivers,

lakes, and oceans, and affect many

activities,
from deep-sea hydrocarbon drilling to carbon sequestration.


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Understanding how

sediments behave
has a range of applications on Earth, including predicting and mitigating erosion, improving water

treatment, modeling the carbon cycle, sequestering contaminants and more accurately finding deep sea oil

reservoirs.


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It also may provide insight for future studies of the

geology of new and unexplored planets.


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learn more.



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