Soils of Eagle Crater and Meridiani Planum at the Opportunity Rover Landing Site

@article{Soderblom2004SoilsOE,
  title={Soils of Eagle Crater and Meridiani Planum at the Opportunity Rover Landing Site},
  author={L. Soderblom and R. C. Anderson and R. Arvidson and J. Bell and N. Cabrol and W. Calvin and P. Christensen and B. Clark and T. Economou and B. Ehlmann and W. Farrand and D. Fike and R. Gellert and T. Glotch and M. Golombek and R. Greeley and J. Grotzinger and K. Herkenhoff and D. Jerolmack and J. Johnson and B. Jolliff and G. Klingelh{\"o}fer and A. Knoll and Z. Learner and R. Li and M. Malin and S. Mclennan and H. Mcsween and D. Ming and R. Morris and J. Rice and L. Richter and R. Rieder and D. Rodionov and C. Schr{\"o}der and F. Seelos and J. Soderblom and S. Squyres and R. Sullivan and W. A. Watters and C. Weitz and M. Wyatt and A. Yen and J. Zipfel},
  journal={Science},
  year={2004},
  volume={306},
  pages={1723 - 1726}
}
  • L. Soderblom, R. C. Anderson, +41 authors J. Zipfel
  • Published 2004
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Science
  • The soils at the Opportunity site are fine-grained basaltic sands mixed with dust and sulfate-rich outcrop debris. Hematite is concentrated in spherules eroded from the strata. Ongoing saltation exhumes the spherules and their fragments, concentrating them at the surface. Spherules emerge from soils coated, perhaps from subsurface cementation, by salts. Two types of vesicular clasts may represent basaltic sand sources. Eolian ripples, armored by well-sorted hematite-rich grains, pervade… CONTINUE READING
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