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Yellowknife Bay, Aeolis Palus, Gale Crater, Aeolis quadrangle, Mars

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Location is approximate, estimate based on other nearby localities.
Latitude & Longitude: 0° North , 175° East (est.)
Margin of Error:~15km

Basalts and sediments derived from weathered basalts.

Aeolis Palus is the plain between the northern rim of Gale Crater and the northern foothills of Aeolis Mons (in the center of Gale Crater) and is the area explored by the Mars Science Laboratory mission rover Curiosity between landing on August 6, 2012 and through 2013.

A target rock called Caribou, located within the Bradbury rise southwest to the Yellowknife Bay, has the highest measured manganese content on Mars with MnO at least > 60 wt.%, and likely > 76 wt.% (Lanza et al., 2014).

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Several papers on: Science Express, , 9 December 2013, summarized by Dr. Vivien Gornitz, Bulletin of the New York Mineralogical Club, February 2014.

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

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