Organic sedimentary deposits in Titan's dry lakebeds

Probable evaporite

Jason W. Barnes, Jacob Bow, Jacob Schwartz, Robert H. Brown, Jason M. Soderblom, Alexander G. Hayes, Graham Vixie, Stéphane Le Mouélic, Sebastien Rodriguez, Christophe Sotin, Ralf Jaumann, Katrin Stephan, Laurence A. Soderblom, Roger N. Clark, Bonnie J. Buratti, Kevin H. Baines, Philip D. Nicholson

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Abstract

We report the discovery of organic sedimentary deposits at the bottom of dry lakebeds near Titan's north pole in observations from the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS). We show evidence that the deposits are evaporitic, making Titan just the third known planetary body with evaporitic processes after Earth and Mars, and is the first that uses a solvent other than water.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-140
Number of pages5
JournalIcarus
Volume216
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011

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  • Titan

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  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Barnes, J. W., Bow, J., Schwartz, J., Brown, R. H., Soderblom, J. M., Hayes, A. G., ... Nicholson, P. D. (2011). Organic sedimentary deposits in Titan's dry lakebeds: Probable evaporite. Icarus, 216(1), 136-140. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2011.08.022

Organic sedimentary deposits in Titan's dry lakebeds : Probable evaporite. / Barnes, Jason W.; Bow, Jacob; Schwartz, Jacob; Brown, Robert H.; Soderblom, Jason M.; Hayes, Alexander G.; Vixie, Graham; Le Mouélic, Stéphane; Rodriguez, Sebastien; Sotin, Christophe; Jaumann, Ralf; Stephan, Katrin; Soderblom, Laurence A.; Clark, Roger N.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Baines, Kevin H.; Nicholson, Philip D.

In: Icarus, Vol. 216, No. 1, 11.2011, p. 136-140.

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Barnes, JW, Bow, J, Schwartz, J, Brown, RH, Soderblom, JM, Hayes, AG, Vixie, G, Le Mouélic, S, Rodriguez, S, Sotin, C, Jaumann, R, Stephan, K, Soderblom, LA, Clark, RN, Buratti, BJ, Baines, KH & Nicholson, PD 2011, 'Organic sedimentary deposits in Titan's dry lakebeds: Probable evaporite', Icarus, vol. 216, no. 1, pp. 136-140. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2011.08.022
Barnes JW, Bow J, Schwartz J, Brown RH, Soderblom JM, Hayes AG et al. Organic sedimentary deposits in Titan's dry lakebeds: Probable evaporite. Icarus. 2011 Nov;216(1):136-140. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2011.08.022
Barnes, Jason W. ; Bow, Jacob ; Schwartz, Jacob ; Brown, Robert H. ; Soderblom, Jason M. ; Hayes, Alexander G. ; Vixie, Graham ; Le Mouélic, Stéphane ; Rodriguez, Sebastien ; Sotin, Christophe ; Jaumann, Ralf ; Stephan, Katrin ; Soderblom, Laurence A. ; Clark, Roger N. ; Buratti, Bonnie J. ; Baines, Kevin H. ; Nicholson, Philip D. / Organic sedimentary deposits in Titan's dry lakebeds : Probable evaporite. In: Icarus. 2011 ; Vol. 216, No. 1. pp. 136-140.
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