Bedrock formation at Meridiani Planum

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The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity discovered sulphate-rich sedimentary rocks at Meridiani Planum on Mars, which are interpreted by McCollom and Hynek as altered volcanic rocks. However, their conclusions are derived from an incorrect representation of our depositional model, which is upheld by more recent Rover data. We contend that all the available data still support an aeolian and aqueous sedimentary origin for Meridiani bedrock.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Bedrock formation at Meridiani Planum
Series title Nature
DOI 10.1038/nature05212
Volume 443
Issue 7107
Year Published 2006
Language English
Publisher Nature
Contributing office(s) Astrogeology Science Center
Description 2 p.
First page E1
Last page E2
Other Geospatial Mars
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