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Organic Cemetery
07.16.08
 
color-enhanced image of the delta in Jezero Crater

A color-enhanced image of the delta in Jezero Crater, which once held a lake. Researchers led by CRISM team member and Brown graduate student Bethany Ehlmann report that ancient rivers ferried clay-like minerals (shown in green) into the lake, forming the delta. Clays tend to trap and preserve organic matter, making the delta a good place to look for signs of ancient life.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/JHUAPL/MSSS/Brown University.

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