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Bright Stuff on Ceres = Sulfates and Carbonates on CI ChondritesRecent reports of the DAWN spacecraft's observations of the surface of Ceres indicate that there are bright areas, which can be explained by large amounts of the Mg sulfate hexahydrate (MgSO4•6(H2O)), although the identification appears tenuous. There are preliminary indications that water is being evolved from these bright areas, and some have inferred that these might be sites of contemporary hydro-volcanism. A heat source for such modern activity is not obvious, given the small size of Ceres, lack of any tidal forces from nearby giant planets, probable age and presumed bulk composition. We contend that observations of chondritic materials in the lab shed light on the nature of the bright spots on Ceres
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Zolensky, Michael (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Chan, Queenie H. S. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Gounelle, Matthieu (National Museum of Natural History Marseille, France)
Fries, Marc (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
February 26, 2016
Publication Date
March 21, 2016
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Lunar and Planetary Science Conference(The Woodlands, TX)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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