Bright carbonate deposits as evidence of aqueous alteration on (1) Ceres

  title={Bright carbonate deposits as evidence of aqueous alteration on (1) Ceres},
  author={Maria Cristina De Sanctis and A. Raponi and Eleonora Ammannito and Mauro Ciarniello and M. J. Toplis and Harry Y. McSween and Julie C. Castillo‐Rogez and Bethany L. Ehlmann and Filippo Giacomo Carrozzo and Simone Marchi and Francesca Tosi and Francesca Zambon and Fabrizio Capaccioni and Maria Teresa Capria and Sergio Fonte and Michelangelo Formisano and Alessandro Frigeri and Marco Giardino and Andrea Longobardo and Gianfranco Magni and Ernesto Palomba and Lucy A. McFadden and Carle M. Pieters and Ralf Jaumann and Paul M. Schenk and Raffaele Mugnuolo and Carol A. Raymond and Christopher T. Russell},
The typically dark surface of the dwarf planet Ceres is punctuated by areas of much higher albedo, most prominently in the Occator crater. These small bright areas have been tentatively interpreted as containing a large amount of hydrated magnesium sulfate, in contrast to the average surface, which is a mixture of low-albedo materials and magnesium phyllosilicates, ammoniated phyllosilicates and carbonates. Here we report high spatial and spectral resolution near-infrared observations of the… 
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