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Project:  Exploring the mineralogy of Martian sedimentary deposits
Disciplines:  Planetary Science, Geological/Geophysical Engineering
Mentor:  Abigail Fraeman, (JPL),, Phone: (626) 616-5071
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  Thousands of candidate sedimentary, stratified Martian outcrops have been identified and cataloged from HiRISE images, and hundreds of these detections are complemented by coordinated CRISM visible near-infrared observations. A global scale investigation of the mineralogy within these layered deposits may reveal key insights into changing environmental conditions in Martian history.
Description:  This project will involve working with orbital Mars datasets from the HiRISE and CRISM instruments to understand the types of minerals that occur within these deposits and their geologic settings. Depending on the students' interests/results, this project has the potential to focus on global trends seen within the data or detailed analyses of specific site(s) of interest.
References:  CRISM website:
HiRISE website:

Review of Martian mineralogy from orbit:
Ehlmann & Edwards, Annual Reviews, 2014 --

The Martian sedimentary rock record:
Grotzinger & Milliken, SEPM, 2012 --
Stack, Grotzinger, & Milliken, Icarus, 2013 --
Student Requirements:  Mineralogy
Remote Sensing (hyperspectral data analysis)
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: No.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.

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Problems with or questions about submitting an AO?  Call Jen Manglos of the Student-Faculty Programs Office at (626) 395-2885.
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