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Bardin Bluffs

Bardin Bluffs

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Bardin Bluffs
Curiosity investigated a spot called Bardin Bluffs at the Darwin waypoint on sol 394. This MAHLI image, taken of a shadowed spot on the outcrop, shows that Bardin Bluffs is a pebbly sandstone. It is gravel-rich, with a sandy matrix and granule- to pebble-sized clasts that are subrounded to rounded in shape. The way that the grains touch each other indicates they were deposited by water. Grains are lumpy and pock-marked, indicating that they collided with each other as they were being transported.

The description is paraphrased from a talk given by Aileen Yingst to the 2014 Geological Society of America meeting.

This is a MAHLI focus merge product; it was made on the rover's sol 396 from data acquired on sol 394.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.

Original image data dated on or about September 14, 2013

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