Andesite in the Northern Plains?:
Implications for the Volcanic History of Mars
- What is TES?
- What is the evidence for andesite?
- What are the issues surrounding the interpretation of andesite?
- How does this evidence relate to the Pathfinder data (the "sulfur-free rock")
Implications if it is Andesite
- Are Plate Tectonics required?
- Could hydrothermally altered crust cause andesites to evolve
- Implications for the size and duration of a possible ocean
- Are their other ways of producing andesite in such volumes?
- The TES team used deconvolution to determine that their andesite endmember is ~30-40% obsidian-like glass (i.e. very high silica), but that obsidian is the only glass in their spectral library at this time.
- How unique is the spectrum of obsidian? Could the glass component be of lower silica content?
- I am in the process of gathering spectra of a wide range of glass compositions everything from lunar soil agglutinates and other lunar glasses to maskelynite to the Moroz et al JSC Mars 1 simulant glasses (see LPSC31 ab)
- I may measure additional glass spectra of other compositions as well in the Nicolet FTIR spectrometer in RELAB
- I can then compare those spectra to the TES spectral library¹s obsidian to see how strongly glass spectra are controlled by composition
Other possible explanations for TES results
- Could the TES data be satisfactorily explained by other mechanisms?
- A more mafic glass component?
- A concentration of glass due to weathering?
- What implications do these other possibilities have for Mars¹ history?
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