Curiosity at Gale Crater, Mars: Characterization and Analysis of the Rocknest Sand Shadow

@article{Blake2013CuriosityAG,
  title={Curiosity at Gale Crater, Mars: Characterization and Analysis of the Rocknest Sand Shadow},
  author={D. Blake and R. Morris and G. Kocurek and S. Morrison and R. Downs and D. Bish and D. Ming and K. Edgett and D. Rubin and W. Goetz and M. Madsen and R. Sullivan and R. Gellert and I. Campbell and A. Treiman and S. McLennan and A. Yen and J. Grotzinger and D. Vaniman and S. Chipera and C. Achilles and E. Rampe and D. Sumner and P. Meslin and S. Maurice and O. Forni and O. Gasnault and M. Fisk and M. Schmidt and P. Mahaffy and L. Leshin and D. Glavin and A. Steele and C. Freissinet and R. Navarro-Gonz{\'a}lez and R. A. Yingst and L. Kah and N. Bridges and K. Lewis and T. Bristow and J. Farmer and J. Crisp and E. Stolper and D. D. Des Marais and P. Sarrazin},
  journal={Science},
  year={2013},
  volume={341}
}
The Rocknest aeolian deposit is similar to aeolian features analyzed by the Mars Exploration Rovers (MERs) Spirit and Opportunity. The fraction of sand <150 micrometers in size contains ~55% crystalline material consistent with a basaltic heritage and ~45% x-ray amorphous material. The amorphous component of Rocknest is iron-rich and silicon-poor and is the host of the volatiles (water, oxygen, sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and chlorine) detected by the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument and… Expand
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