Exploration of Victoria crater by the mars rover opportunity

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The Mars rover Opportunity has explored Victoria crater, a ???750-meter eroded impact crater formed in sulfate-rich sedimentary rocks. Impact-related stratigraphy is preserved in the crater walls, and meteoritic debris is present near the crater rim. The size of hematite-rich concretions decreases up-section, documenting variation in the intensity of groundwater processes. Layering in the crater walls preserves evidence of ancient wind-blown dunes. Compositional variations with depth mimic those ???6 kilometers to the north and demonstrate that water-induced alteration at Meridiani Planum was regional in scope.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Exploration of Victoria crater by the mars rover opportunity
Series title Science
DOI 10.1126/science.1170355
Volume 324
Issue 5930
Year Published 2009
Language English
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Science
First page 1058
Last page 1061
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