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The timing of alluvial activity in Gale crater, Mars

Grant, John A. and Wilson, Sharon A. and Mangold, Nicolas and Calef, Fred, III and Grotzinger, John P. (2014) The timing of alluvial activity in Gale crater, Mars. Geophysical Research Letters, 41 (4). pp. 1142-1149. ISSN 0094-8276.

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The Curiosity rover's discovery of rocks preserving evidence of past habitable conditions in Gale crater highlights the importance of constraining the timing of responsible depositional settings to understand the astrobiological implications for Mars. Crater statistics and mapping reveal the bulk of the alluvial deposits in Gale, including those interrogated by Curiosity, were likely emplaced during the Hesperian, thereby implying that habitable conditions persisted after the Noachian. Crater counting data sets and upper Peace Vallis fan morphology also suggest a possible younger period of fluvial activation that deposited ~10–20 m of sediments on the upper fan after emplacement of the main body of the fan. If validated, water associated with later alluvial activity may have contributed to secondary diagenetic features in Yellowknife Bay.

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Additional Information:© 2014 American Geophysical Union. Received 4 DEC 2013; Accepted 22 JAN 2014; Accepted article online 28 JAN 2014; Published online 18 FEB 2014. We thank the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, University of Arizona, Ball Aerospace, Malin Space Science Systems, and Lockheed Martin that built and operate the Curiosity rover, HiRISE and CTX cameras, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Reviews by Devon Burr and David Crown improved this paper. This work was supported by NASA. The Editor thanks Devon Burr and David Crown for their assistance in evaluating this paper.
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Subject Keywords:Mars; Gale crater; alluvial fan; craters; Hesperian
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Official Citation:Grant, J. A., S. A. Wilson, N. Mangold, F. Calef III, and J. P. Grotzinger (2014), The timing of alluvial activity in Gale crater, Mars, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 1142–1148, doi: 10.1002/2013GL058909
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