Growth and form of the mound in Gale Crater, Mars: Slope wind enhanced erosion and transport

  title={Growth and form of the mound in Gale Crater, Mars: Slope wind enhanced erosion and transport},
  author={Edwin S. Kite and Kevin W. Lewis and Michael P. Lamb},
Ancient sediments provide archives of climate and habitability on Mars. Gale Crater, the landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), hosts a 5-km-high sedimentary mound (Mount Sharp/Aeolis Mons). Hypotheses for mound formation include evaporitic, lacustrine, fluviodeltaic, and aeolian processes, but the origin and original extent of Gale’s mound is unknown. Here we show new measurements of sedimentary strata within the mound that indicate ∼3° outward dips oriented radially away from the… 

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