John R. Skok

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[1] Analysis of visible and near-infrared (VNIR) imaging spectrometer data of the Syrtis Major volcanic complex on Mars shows spectrally distinct ejecta (SDE) around a subset of the region’s impact craters. We explore the nature of this spectral difference with the intention of constraining the physical cause of the distinction and the significance of their(More)
The martian surface features abundant volcanoes and evidence for past liquid water. Extant or relict martian volcanic hydrothermal systems have therefore been sought in the pursuit of evidence for habitable environments1. The Mars Exploration Rover, Spirit, detected deposits highly enriched in silica with accessory minerals, suggesting formation by(More)
[1] The earliest formed crust on a single plate planet such as Mars should be preserved, deeply buried under subsequent surface materials. Mars’ extensive cratering history would have fractured and disrupted the upper layers of this ancient crust. Large impacts occurring late in Martian geologic history would have excavated and exposed this deeply buried(More)
Introduction: The nature, origin and evolution of Mars' Noachian crust is relatively unknown [1]. Detailed analyses of meteorites point to an early differentiation event for the planet but the only rock definitively of Noachian age is the Martian meteorite; ALH84001, comprised of >95% orthopyroxene [2]. Our understanding of the composition of the Martian(More)
We are developing a device for automated production of rock thin sections in a space environment. A rock thin section is a rock ground to 30 microns thickness and a polished surface finish. Analysis of rocks in thin section is a powerful tool for understanding the origin and evolution of rocks on earth. Identification of mineral fractions, rock(More)