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Amorphous Weathering Products: Evidence for Basalt-Water Interactions and the Relevance to Paleo-environments on Mars

Abstract Amorphous phases are detected over large regions of the Martian surface from orbit and in more localized deposits by rovers on the surface. Amorphous silicates can be primary or secondary in origin, both having formed through very different processes, so the unambiguous identification of these phases is important for understanding the geologic history of Mars. Secondary amorphous silicates are poorly understood and underrepresented in spectral libraries because they lack the long-range structural order that makes their crystalline counterparts identifiable in most analytical techniques. Fortunately, even amorphous materials have some degree of short-range order so that distinctions can be made with careful characterization.

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Created Date 2016
Contributor Smith, Rebecca Jean (Author) / Christensen, Philip (Advisor) / Shock, Everett (Committee member) / Hartnett, Hilairy (Committee member) / Shim, Sang-Heon (Committee member) / Sharp, Thomas (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Geology / Remote sensing / Amorphous / Laboratory / Mars / Mineralogy / Weathering
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 313 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Geological Sciences 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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