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Organic sedimentary deposits in Titan’s dry lakebeds: Probable evaporite

Barnes, Jason W. and Bow, Jacob and Schwartz, Jacob and Brown, Robert H. and Soderblom, Jason M. and Hayes, Alexander G. and Vixie, Graham and Le Mouélic, Stéphane and Rodriguez, Sebastien and Sotin, Christophe and Jaumann, Ralf and Stephan, Katrin and Soderblom, Laurence A. and Clark, Roger N. and Buratti, Bonnie J. and Baines, Kevin H. and Nicholson, Philip D. (2011) Organic sedimentary deposits in Titan’s dry lakebeds: Probable evaporite. Icarus, 216 (1). pp. 136-140. ISSN 0019-1035.

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We report the discovery of organic sedimentary deposits at the bottom of dry lakebeds near Titan’s north pole in observations from the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS). We show evidence that the deposits are evaporitic, making Titan just the third known planetary body with evaporitic processes after Earth and Mars, and is the first that uses a solvent other than water.

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Additional Information:© 2011 Elsevier Inc. Received 22 February 2011; revised 1 July 2011; Accepted 19 August 2011. Available online 1 September 2011. The authors acknowledge support from the Cassini Project and helpful discussions with Ralph D. Lorenz and Christopher P. McKay.
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Official Citation:Jason W. Barnes, Jacob Bow, Jacob Schwartz, Robert H. Brown, Jason M. Soderblom, Alexander G. Hayes, Graham Vixie, Stéphane Le Mouélic, Sebastien Rodriguez, Christophe Sotin, Ralf Jaumann, Katrin Stephan, Laurence A. Soderblom, Roger N. Clark, Bonnie J. Buratti, Kevin H. Baines, Philip D. Nicholson, Organic sedimentary deposits in Titan’s dry lakebeds: Probable evaporite, Icarus, Volume 216, Issue 1, November 2011, Pages 136-140, ISSN 0019-1035, 10.1016/j.icarus.2011.08.022. (
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