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Mars: is the surface colored by carbon suboxide?

Authors
  • Plummer, W T
  • Carsont, R K
Type
Published Article
Journal
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Publication Date
Nov 28, 1969
Volume
166
Issue
3909
Pages
1141–1142
Identifiers
PMID: 17775571
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The reflection spectrum of Mars can be well matched from 0.2 through 1.6 microns (and farther) by polymers of carbon suboxide, reflection spectra for which have now been measured. We propose that the reddish color of Mars might be attributed to carbon suboxide, not the commonly considered limonite or other iron-bearing minerals.

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