Indication of drier periods on Mars from the chemistry and mineralogy of atmospheric dust

@article{Goetz2005IndicationOD,
  title={Indication of drier periods on Mars from the chemistry and mineralogy of atmospheric dust},
  author={W. Goetz and Preben Bertelsen and C. S. Binau and Haraldur P Gunnlaugsson and S. F. Hviid and Kjartan M. Kinch and Daniel Esmarch Madsen and Morten Bo Madsen and Malte Olsen and Ralf Gellert and G{\"o}star Klingelh{\"o}fer and Doug W. Ming and Richard V. Morris and Rudolf Rieder and Daniel S. Rodionov and Paulo A. de Souza and Christian Schr{\"o}der and Steven W. Squyres and Thomas John Wdowiak and Albert S. Yen},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2005},
  volume={436},
  pages={62-65}
}
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