Studies on the reflectance spectra of different mixtures of sand and silt were performed in the infrared spectral region of 7–25 µm to explore the behavior of a second reststrahlen band occurring between 17 and 25 µm with respect to different mixtures of sand and silt. The reflectance spectrum of all samples exhibited reststrahlen bands within both the long wavelength infrared (LWIR) and the very long wavelength infrared (VLWIR) regions of the reflectance spectrum. Results demonstrate that both LWIR and VLWIR reststrahlen bands increase in area as the fraction of sand increases to 80%. More importantly, the data demonstrate that the VLWIR reststrahlen band, like that in LWIR, exhibits a significant and reproducible decrease in reflectivity for mixed soil versus weathered soil.
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