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R. N. Greenberger, J. F. Mustard, P. S. Kumar, M. D. Dyar, E. A. Breves and E. C. Sklute Low temperature aqueous alteration of basalt: Mineral assemblages of Deccan basalts and implications for Mars Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets (1991–2012) 117

Version of Record online: 18 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1029/2012JE004127

Key Points

  • Spectral analog for weathering profiles and leaching of basalt on Mars
  • Greater leaching creates simple spectral and mineral assemblages
  • Spectral complexity is maximized in smectite-bearing saprolite

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