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Combined VNIR and Raman spectroscopy of the Atacama salt flats as a potential Mars analog

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Dec 16, 2015
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SETI Institute
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The identification and characterization of hydrated minerals within ancient aqueous environments on Mars are high priorities for determining the past habitability of the red planet. Few studies, however, have focused on characterizing the entire mineral assemblage, even though it could aide our understanding of past environments. In this study we use both spaceborne (Landsat, Hyperion) and field (VNIR+ Raman spectroscopic) analyses to study the mineralogy of various salt flats (salars) of the northern region of ...

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