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The Medusae Fossae Formation as the single largest source of dust on Mars

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Communications, July 2018
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Title
The Medusae Fossae Formation as the single largest source of dust on Mars
Published in
Nature Communications, July 2018
DOI 10.1038/s41467-018-05291-5
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Lujendra Ojha, Kevin Lewis, Suniti Karunatillake, Mariek Schmidt

Abstract

Transport of fine-grained dust is one of the most widespread sedimentary processes occurring on Mars today. In the present climate, eolian abrasion and deflation of rocks are likely the most pervasive and active dust-forming mechanism. Martian dust is globally enriched in S and Cl and has a distinct mean S:Cl ratio. Here we identify a potential source region for Martian dust based on analysis of elemental abundance data. We show that a large sedimentary unit called the Medusae Fossae Formation (MFF) has the highest abundance of S and Cl, and provides the best chemical match to surface measurements of Martian dust. Based on volume estimates of the eroded materials from the MFF, along with the enrichment of elemental S and Cl, and overall geochemical similarity, we propose that long-term deflation of the MFF has significantly contributed to the global Martian dust reservoir.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 23 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 52%
Researcher 5 22%
Student > Bachelor 2 9%
Student > Postgraduate 1 4%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 4%
Other 2 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Earth and Planetary Sciences 9 39%
Unspecified 6 26%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 9%
Chemistry 2 9%
Environmental Science 1 4%
Other 3 13%

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