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J. R. Skok, J. F. Mustard, L. L. Tornabene, C. Pan, D. Rogers and S. L. Murchie A spectroscopic analysis of Martian crater central peaks: Formation of the ancient crust Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets (1991–2012) 117

Article first published online: 7 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1029/2012JE004148

Key Points

  • Martian central peaks can access the deepest exposed crust on Mars
  • The unaltered central peaks have units of olivine or pyroxene but not both
  • The deep (ancient) crust of Mars has a high degree of mafic segregation

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