The statistics of a strongly anisotropic rough surface are briefly described. The elastic contact of rough surfaces is treated by approximating the summits of a random process model by parabolic ellipsoids and applying the Hertzian solution for their deformation. Load and real contact area are derived as functions of the separation and for all separations the load is found to be approximately proportional to the contact area. The limits of elastic/plastic contact are discussed in terms of the plasticity index.

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