Silica-rich soil on Mars, composite image

Silica-rich soil on Mars, composite image

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Caption: Silica-rich soil on Mars. True-colour composite image of the Martian surface, showing a patch of soil (white, roughly 20 centimetres wide) that has been disturbed by the Spirit Mars Exploration Rover. The soil is so rich in silica that it is thought water must have been involved in concentrating it. Spirit landed on Mars in January 2004 and this image was obtained on 6th May 2007. The colours of the image were created by combining three camera filters designed to enhance colour differences in the Martian rocks and soils.

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