Friday, August 12, 2011

The Western Edge of a Layered Mound in Juventae Chasma

This observation covers the western edge of a layered mound in Juventae Chasma. The CRISM instrument on MRO has detected high sulfates at the base of this mound, and the resolution power of HiRISE gives us a better look at the area's morphology.

Why are hydrated sulfates significant? Their existence here might indicate a past presence of water. Scientists may also ask how these minerals were deposited here. In this case, both CRISM and HiRISE can help determine a much clearer picture of the ancient Martian past.

Photo credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

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