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HiRISE imaging of impact megabreccia and sub-meter aqueous strata in Holden Crater, Mars
John A. Grant et al., Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, National Air and Space, Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 6th at Independence SW, Washington, DC, 20560, USA. Pages 195-198.
Grant et al. use images of Holden crater from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) to resolve, for the first time, megabreccia deposits in the walls that were created during the formation of the crater. These impact deposits contain enormous blocks that are up to 50 meters across and are unconformably overlain by water-lain sediments deposited during two ancient phases (during the Noachian Era) of aqueous activity. A lighter-toned and typically finely bedded l
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