HiPOD: Saturday, 26 November 2022
Old Salt

Old Salt

Old Salt
What is that “purplish” colored stuff (in HiRISE infrared-red-blue color) with the polygonal fractures in this observation? Scientists think it contains chlorides, like sodium chloride or table salt, or maybe chloride of calcium or magnesium.

These salts can be deposited during the evaporation or water in lakes or playas. These deposits are billions of years old, so it is truly old salt, not a fish tale.

ID: ESP_044502_1735
date: 24 January 2016
altitude: 262 km

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Black & white is less than 5 km across; enhanced color is less than 1 km. For full observation details, visit the ID link.