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Potential martian mineral resources: Mechanisms and terrestrial analogues

West, Michael; Clarke, Jonathan D.A.


The future exploration of Mars is likely to utilize resources that can be extracted in situ. An overview of the geology of Mars has been presented and several mechanisms that could result in the formation of ore deposits have been identified. These include deposits caused by hydrothermal fluids resulting from volcanic activity, large igneous province formation and impact craters. Surface enrichment of mineral sand deposits is also discussed. Where appropriate, terrestrial analogues of these...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Planetary and Space Science
DOI: 10.1016/j.pss.2009.06.007


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