Journal Highlights

New insight into structure and composition of Mars’ northern plains

Editor’s Highlight—

 

Using Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) spectrometer data, this paper presents a comprehensive study of the craters in the northern lowlands of Mars, specifically looking at the hydrated and mafic minerals found in the crust below the sediment. The findings confirm the presence of thick Hesperian lava plains and presence of excavated hydrated minerals. The detection of abundant olivine and hydrated minerals in the basement crust will be of particular interest to other researchers. As well as contributing to our understanding of the crustal composition and structure of the northern plains, this study provides insights into the volcanic and aqueous history of this region.