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New studies of clay formation provide clues about early Martian climate

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New research published in Nature Astronomy seeks to understand how Surface clay was formed on Mars despite its cold climate. Ancient Noachian rocks on Mars are mapped in light gray with valley networks colored in blue tones and surface clays marked in yellow. Two locations with abundant smectite clays formed in surface environments include Mawrth Vallis (MV) and Nili Fossae (NF). The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover is currently...

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