Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 2881–2898, 2020
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 2881–2898, 2020

Data description paper 14 Nov 2020

Data description paper | 14 Nov 2020

Surface and subsurface characterisation of salt pans expressing polygonal patterns

Jana Lasser et al.

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