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HiRISE: Possible sulfates in Noctis Labyrinthus

Possible sulfates in Noctis Labyrinthus. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Possible sulfates in west Melas Chasma

Melas Chasma is the widest segment of Valles Marineris, the largest canyon in the Solar System. In this region, hydrated sulfate salts have been detected, and are found extensively throughout the canyon. These salt-bearing deposits likely indicate that water was … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Possible sulfate-rich terrain

Possible sulfate-rich terrain in the northeast Syrtis Major region. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Convoluted folds in sulfates in Ius Chasma

Convoluted folds in light-toned sulfates along the floor of Ius Chasma. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Possible sulfates in NE Syrtis Major region

A variety of diverse morphological features are present in this image (21 by 5.5 kilometers) located in the southeastern area of the Nili Fossae region and just northeast of Syrtis Major. This particular region has been studied intensely due to … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Layered material in Melas Chasma

Melas Chasma is the widest segment of the Valles Marineris canyon, and is an area where MRO has detected the presence of sulfates. This image offers a view of an excellent contact between layered deposits that postdate the formation of … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Sulfates in Tithonium Chasma

Sulfates in Tithonium Chasma. Beautiful Mars series.

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Mars mineral bonanza?

If you could go to only one location on Mars, where would you find the most complete assortment of known Martian minerals? A new report, with lead author Patrick Thollot (Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique, CNRS), in the Journal of … Continue reading

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Did ice and dust make layered deposits in Valles Marineris?

Vast mounds of layered material lie in numerous places throughout the giant canyon system of Valles Marineris, and especially in Candor Chasma, Ophir Chasma, and Melas Chasma. The origin of these “interior layered deposits” (ILDs) have been debated since they … Continue reading

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About that mound in Gale Crater…

Next August, if plans go right, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, named Curiosity, will come sailing out of the Martian sky and power in for a soft landing on the floor of Gale Crater. Launched to look for geologic evidence … Continue reading

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