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Gale Crater, Aeolis quadrangle, Mars

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The NASA rover, Curiosity, landed in 154-km wide Gale Crater, on the plain called Aeolis Palus, on 6 August 2012. In September 2014 it reached Aeolis Mons (Mount Sharp).

Aeolis Palus contains, i.a., alkaline sedimentary rock that resemble a rather rare terrestrial rock known as mugearite, typical for ocean islands and rift zones.

The highest Mn content measured on Mars concerns a rock called Caribou (see Yellowknife Bay), within the crater (Lanza et al., 2014).

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30 entries listed. 21 valid minerals.

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- Lanza, N.L., Fischer, W.W., Wiens, R.C., Grotzinger, J., Ollila, A.M., Cousin, A., Anderson, R.B., Clark, B.C., Gellert, F., Mangold, N., Maurice, S., Le Mouélic, S., Nachon, M., Schmidt, M., Berger, J., Clegg, S.M., Forni, O., Hardgrove, C., Melikechi, N., Newsom, H.E., Sautter, V. (2014): High manganese concentrations in rocks at Gale crater, Mars. Geophysical Research Letters: 41: 5755–5763

- Grotzinger, J.P., Crisp, J.A., Vasavada, A.R., the MSL Science Team (2015): Curiosity's Mission of Exploration at Gale Crater, Mars. Elements (Special Issue: Mineralogy of Mars): 11: 19-26

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